(TargetLiberty.org) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is pushing for Senate Democrats to hold a special caucus to discuss gun violence following the recent increase in mass shootings in recent weeks.
On Saturday, a suspect with an AR-15-style rifle killed eight people and injured seven after opening fire at a mall in Allen, Texas. On April 29, five people, including an 8 year-old-boy, were killed in Cleveland, Texas by a suspect using an AR-15.
Following these recent mass shootings, President Biden issued a statement calling for Congress to pass a ban on assault weapons and high capacity-magazines. He further pushed for legislation for universal background checks, and safe storage, and called for the end of immunity for gun manufacturers.
On Sunday, Schumer took to Twitter to call for Congress to work together to pass gun safety legislation following the “horrifying” shooting in Texas.
For Schumer’s call to be effective, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the leading Republican on gun-violence issues, would need to agree to negotiations for greater gun safety. Previously he had been key in the gun-violence bill that passed through Congress last year following the mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Cornyn had said earlier this year that he did not believe there would be the chance for Democrats and Republicans to address gun safety through new federal laws following the recent curb mass shootings. Cornyn, much like many Republicans, is against bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. He has also opposed universal background checks for those wanting to acquire a gun.
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