by Daveda Gruber:
Monday’s Boulder, Colorado mass shooting that left ten people dead, including a police officer, has consequences for gun owners.
Democratic Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer of New York today pledged that the Senate would take on gun control measures.
Schumer was on the Senate floor speaking about wanting to expand gun background checks as he took advantage of the shootings at the grocery store in Boulder that came just days after a gunman went on a shooting spree in Atlanta, Georgia and killed eight people.
Schumer said, “The Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Today our hearts are with the people of Colorado and with everyone whose lives have been touched by gun violence.”
Schumer went on to say, “We cannot seem to finish grieving one tragedy before another takes place. It is a reminder that we must confront a devastating truth in the United States: an unrelenting epidemic of gun violence steals innocent lives with alarming regularity.”
According to the website, Gun Violence Archive, at least 19,223 people lost their lives due to gun violence in 2020, which is an increase of nearly 25% from 2019.
Schumer pointed out that “2020 was one of the deadliest years for gun violence in two decades, a reminder that most gun violence doesn’t even make headlines, but nonetheless causes immeasurable devastation to communities from one end of our country to the other. So we have a lot of work to do.”
Adamant to pass legislation, Schumer said the Senate will try again on universal background checks.
Schumer said, “This Senate will be different,” as he went on to knock Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to launch a debate two years ago on gun violence when he was in charge.
In March, the House passed an expansion gun background checks.
The House passed the legislation in two separate votes. The first vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, passed 227-203 and would expand background checks for all firearm sales or transfers in the country. Currently, background checks are not required for gun sales and transfers by unlicensed and private sellers.
The Senate had tried to pass background check reforms several times before but each time fell short of the 60 votes needed.
One serious attempt occurred in 2013 after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre that left 26 people dead, which included 20 young children.
Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., led a bipartisan effort to close commercial background check loopholes, but their effort fell six votes short.
The Senate is now equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, which may be helpful to the Democrats because Republicans generally opposed stricter gun control measures.
Gun deaths have spiked in the United States but not from school shootings, concert venues and nightclubs. The reason for this is the lockdowns and social distancing had many buildings that hold large amounts of people have been closed down due to the coronavirus.
The shootings that have occurred include suicides and accidental shootings.
The Democrats are hell bent on tightening gun laws but the country already has laws that could be implemented with a few loopholes closed up.