The United States suffered mass shootings again on Monday. The shooter in the Boulder, Colorado incident was armed with a Ruger AR-556.
As is customary with mass shootings, the Democrats called for weapons reform using common sense. Like the economic stimulus program, gun control is not only popular with democratic voters. Polls regularly show support for expanded gun control in the 80s or 90s.
Still, the Republican senators were ready to fight any laws that would prevent people from buying weapons of war. At the head of these charges is Lindsey Graham. South Carolina legislature dares Joe Biden to bring an assault weapons bill to the Senate.
Graham told the Washington Examiner, “MeIf a vote were to take place tomorrow to ban “offensive weapons” – I will make a prediction – a majority in the Senate would oppose that vote. There are Democrats who live in red states and cannot vote for a ban on assault weapons, but every time tragic gunfire breaks out in that country, the left uses it as a reason to grab a gun [from a] legal gun owner. “
South Carolina lawmakers continued on a common Republican topic of conversation: “The Republicans will not justify the idea of banning the offensive weapon. The gun is not the problem, but the psychological problems of the people who use the gun. “
Graham even bragged about owning an assault weapon himself. “I want to vote on a ban on offensive weapons. I own an AR-15 – why do I own it now? Because I have the right to own it and I chose to own it. The AR-15 I own has a medallion with my reserve unit, which means a lot to me, but when there is a break in law and order [or] a natural disaster and the gangs roam a neighborhood, which house do they go to to the last? “
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