US Senate Arms Control Agreement

Twenty bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate announced on Sunday that they had reached agreement on a package of provisions to strengthen gun regulations, which are limited steps taken following pressure following the recent killings that rocked the country.

Measures requiring overwhelming majorities in the Senate include encouraging states to remove guns from those deemed dangerous and measures to keep schools safe.

“Today we are announcing a coherent bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe and reduce the risk of violence in our country,” the Democratic-Republican group said in a statement.

“Our plan is increasing essential mental health resources, improving school safety, supporting students and helping to ensure that dangerous criminals and people with mental illness cannot buy guns,” a- she added.

But these measures do not include the fundamental demands for reform demanded by the Democrats, led by President Joe Biden.

However, immediately after the announcement of the agreement, the American president hailed “progress”, which he considered insufficient but “important”.

“It clearly doesn’t include everything I consider necessary, but it does provide important steps in the right direction, and it will be the most important arms control law passed by Congress in decades,” Biden said in a statement. a statement.

“With bipartisan support, the Senate and House of Representatives have no excuse for delays and no reason not to act quickly,” he added.

The president is pushing for more fundamental reforms, including a ban on the sale of assault rifles, which were recently used in the Texas elementary school shooting that killed 21 people and in the state store of New York that killed 10 people, or at least raising the age threshold for those who can buy them.

He also urged lawmakers to step up background checks on gun buyers and hold gun manufacturers accountable for the crimes they commit.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a wide range of proposals, including raising the purchase age for most semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.

But the party lacks the 60 votes needed to enter the Senate, making a bipartisan agreement the only hope for federal action to address gun violence.

Martin E. Berry