Here’s what is happening…
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says that Republicans must collaborate with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation. However, the proposals are currently facing a lot of opposition and the chances of them succeeding are small.
Schumer said on Wednesday that Republicans are against the proposals for more background checks or limits to firearms access. He also said that he doesn’t think that bringing more legislation to the floor regarding the mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas would be productive.
Later that same day Schumer said that he would consider gun control-related amendments to a domestic terrorism bill which is taking the floor on Thursday.
However, Republicans have said they would block the bill. As such gun control votes would be unlikely to happen before the Memorial Day recess.
Progressives are asking Schumer to force voting on these measures.
“I’m always in favor of putting people on the record. We don’t have a single Republican vote for any movement on gun safety, and in the wake of what happened this week in Texas and last week in New York, I think Republicans ought to own up to their shameful, extremist position,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a leading progressive.
Schumer has acknowledged the pressure and during some comments made on Wednesday, he said, “There are some who want this body to quickly vote on sensible gun safety legislation. … They want to see this body to vote quickly, so the American people can know which side each senator is on,” he said. “But, sadly, this isn’t a case of the American people not knowing where their senators stand. They know.”
“They know because my Republican colleagues are perfectly clear on this issue. Crystal clear. Republicans don’t pretend that they support sensible gun safety legislation,” he continued.
The two proposals that are being discussed now are looking to limit access to guns to people deemed dangerous to both themselves and others.