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Sanders Says McConnell Should Call Senate Into Session for Gun Safety Bill
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51224"><span class="small">Rebecca Klar, The Hill</span></a>   
Monday, 05 August 2019 14:06

Klar writes: "Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to 'immediately' call the Senate back into session to pass a gun safety bill."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)

Sanders Says McConnell Should Call Senate Into Session for Gun Safety Bill

By Rebecca Klar, The Hill

05 August 19


emocratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to "immediately" call the Senate back into session to pass a gun safety bill.

"Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House. That's a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic," Sanders tweeted.

Sanders' Senate colleague Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called on McConnell to do the same on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Their call follows two deadly mass shootings Saturday and Sunday, in Texas and Ohio, that killed a combined total of 29 people. 

The Saturday shooting in El Paso, Texas killed 20 people and injured 26 others. 

The bill Sanders is calling for a vote on, H.R.8 or the "Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019," would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer. 

It was passed by the Democratic-controlled House in February. 

A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately return a request for comment. 

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+1 # MikeAF48 2019-08-05 17:44
McConnell step down you won't be missed only a coward would put up with this.
+1 # MikeAF48 2019-08-05 19:36
McConnell you are pure evil you and the Republican party have the power to stop this. All Americans can't stand this you are killing America how can you allow President Trump get away with this. And simply play a game of golf with death all around us.
0 # skylinefirepest 2019-08-06 21:07
Mike, silly comment from you...I guess because you really haven't thought the problem through. There is no way the government, repub or demo, can stop this anymore than they can stop drug use, speeding, arson, you name it. My answer to it is to carry, even and especially in gun free zones, to protect myself and my family. The police can't help you, the government can't help've got to help yourself. There is nothing cowardly about a response the MikeAF48 doesn't like...obummer spouted off, as did slick hilly and others but they don't have an answer. So what is it that you think trump is "getting away with"? It is NOT trump inspired terrorism...tha t's simply bullshit hate speech from the left. And some of the people on here, like citizen mike, simply are firearms illiterates who don't have a clue how the 2nd Amendment works or how firearms cause people to go apeshit crazy. Guns save lives...that much has been established over and over but you lefties are so terrified of guns that you don't accept the truth.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-07 07:56
sky -- I agree that prohibitions on any attractive item will never work. The prohibition of alcohol is the classic case.

But I don't agree with you about everyone carrying a gun. I don't want to live in a society where everyone is armed to the teeth. That's how it works in Israel. Jews are armed in case they need to shoot a Palestinian. To me that is the worst of all conditions.

People don't need guns to protect themselves. People need healthy lives, jobs, relationships, and government in order not to have the manias that drive them to shoot up a WalMart or a garlic festival.

I'm a gun owner but I would never carry a gun and I would never shoot another human being.

The US military fetishized guns and killing people to solve problems. End the fetishism of the military and mass shootings will drop off immediately.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-06 07:35
Probably this is OK. But background checks and including gun shows and private transfers probably won't stop mass murders.

I wonder if there is a good study of where and how all of these mass shooters got their guns. Probably there is. I just don't know of it. It seems to be that most of the guns were obtained legally. Many came from a family member or were borrowed from a friend. This would not be stopped by HR 8.

HR 8 exempts from background check sales between close friends and relatives. Probably a requirement on such sales would not be enforceable anyway.

I just think the problem of mass murders is much bigger than regulating gun sales or ownership. It is a cultural issue. It is a mental health issue. These are very difficult to ameliorate.
-1 # Robbee 2019-08-06 08:51
we are still playing "catch up!"

we are always playing "catch up!"

We Must Call the El Paso Shooting What It Is: Trump-Inspired Terrorism
By David Schanzer, Guardian UK
05 August 19

- dickhead's unhinged attack on 4 colored congresswomen A T - L O N G - L A S T - P E R M I T T E D media to call dickhead, and his base, "racist!"

last night! 8/5/19 NBC-TV's dateline show ended with a 5-minute expose of white gun nut massacre after white gun nut massacre! all familiar white gun nut massacres! up to this week's massacres! - the cat is out of the bag!

dem prez candidates o'rourke and castro, from massacre-ground -zero, south texas, are suddenly able to speak candor to america!

suddenly media cover it!

elizabeth repeats her refusal to town-hall faux news' white-supremaci st-for-profit outlet!

suddenly media cover it!

dickhead's racist "mexicans are rapists and criminals" 2016 and 2020 campaigns BROUGHT US RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY! - as dictated by his base! as revealed to dickhead by hannity! coulter! bannon! limbaugh! miller! - and the rest of dickhead's evil spin-meisters!

mcdickhead's new ad campaign, in the middle of the repuke senate's woeful, summer recess of gun violence! - features his dem opponent's tombstone! among other dem tombstones!

suddenly media cover it!

bernie petitions mcdickhead to reconvene to vote on house-passed! bi-partisan! bills to ban assault weapons and enact universal background checks!

suddenly media cover it!
+1 # Citizen Mike 2019-08-06 08:58
We need more than a gun safety bill. We need to begin the process of repealing the Second Amendment because it is a great impediment to public safety and holds the US up to international shame by supporting a culture of violence. We need legislation banning civilians from owning high-powered military weapons and to redefine what military weapons are. Same as we today do not permit civilians to have machine guns, missile launchers or mortars. How about a mandatory buyback program for all rifles except bolt or lever action, all automatic pistols larger than .32 and all revolvers larger than.38. Nobody needs heavier weaponry than that for personal protection, hunting or home defense.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-07 07:59
Citizen -- even if you repealed the 2nd amendment, people would still own guns, just like they own motorcycles, fishing boats, or anything else.

Why ban military weapons? That won't do any good. Better to ban the military which fetishizes killing and mass shootings.

Prohibitions never stop anything. They used to prohibit alcohol and marijuana. Look how much good that did?