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May 25, 2022

Schumer Won't Schedule Gun Control Votes

He says it's because he doesn't have Republican votes, but the more immediate problem is that he doesn't have all of the Democrat votes.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told colleagues on the Senate floor Wednesday that he will not immediately bring gun control measures to the floor in the wake of two mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, because he doesn't expect them to muster enough Republican votes to pass.

Instead, the Democratic leader said he will wait for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other members of his caucus to try to negotiate a bipartisan compromise with Republicans on a measure that has a better chance of securing 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, various moderate Democrats, and Democrats seeking election in November, are cool to the idea of the typical Democrat gun confiscation program.

Jake Sherman @JakeSherman

Sinema is gathered around the GOP leadership desk on the Senate floor. shes talking to thune, cotton, Rubio, Hoeven, Todd Young.

Manu Raju @mkraju

Jon Tester, who has had concerns about House universal background checks bill, told me he would vote YES to begin debate if Schumer set up a vote. Manchin told me he still has concerns with bill's provisions to expand background checks to private transfers. Unsure how he'd vote

The gun was legally purchased:

Tony Plohetski @tplohetski

BREAKING: The shooter in the Robb Elementary School had legally purchased two AR platform rifles on May 17 and May 20 from a 'local federal firearms licensee,' according to a briefing given to Texas Sen. John Whitmire. One rifle was in his crashed truck at the scene. (1/3)

The other rifle was with the shooter. On May 18, the suspect bought 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, according to the briefing. ATF paperwork shows he likely lived with his grandmother, where she was shot. Authorities say he was wearing a plate carrier with no ballistic armor.(2/3)

Another "wearing body armor" claim turns out to be false.

The Democrats' problem is that it's their constituents who shoot people up, and the way to stop them from getting guns is to make sure that their many, many crimes result in actual criminal sentences which would preclude gun purchases -- but they are absolutely dead-set against any of their protected clientele ever being prosecuted for their crimes.

Their solution to this?

"Take guns away from law-abiding Republicans with no criminal histories."

That will not do anything to reduce crime or mass shootings, but it polls well with Democrats, by which I mean "The Media."

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