After Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats proposed “Domestic Terrorism Bill” on Thursday, Joe Biden is convinced he can still get the job done by reaching across the aisle and convincing a couple of high profile GOP leaders to work with him on banning assault rifles.
The vote to begin debate on the bill, known as the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022, failed by a margin of 47 to 47, falling far short of the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome Republican opposition in the 50-50 Senate. Similar legislation passed the House in 2020 only to stall in the Senate.
Biden, however, still believes there’s hope and plans on reaching out to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn to get the job done.
After last week’s Texas Mass School Shooting in Uvalde, McConnell directed Cornyn to attempt to work with the White House on a potential compromise, arguing that some members of the GOP believe that the current gun violence cannot go unchecked.
The vast majority of Republicans believe the focus should be on mental health and not on stricter gun laws.
According to Politico, Senator Rick Scott (FL-R) on Wednesday, said the focus should be on mental health and information-sharing at the federal level rather than domestic terrorism and suggested he would support “red flag” laws like those on the books in Florida. (They allow law enforcement officials to temporarily confiscate guns from people who could be threats to others or themselves, if deemed so by a federal court or medical professionals, depending on the state.)
“We need to stop and say what’s the real cause of the problem and start addressing that. We have a mental health crisis in this country,” Scott said. “The first thing everyone wants to do is say, ‘oh, we need to take away everybody’s guns.’ … Every case is different, but in almost every case, there’s red flags. I mean, what are we doing with it?”