Kobach: It's Time to Put The Brakes On The Universal Background Checks

Aug. 14, 2019

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that the Senate would take up gun control in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, with expanded background checks "front and center."  He added, "What we can't do is fail to pass something." 

In the days since, the silence from Senate Republicans has been deafening. Only Senator John Barrasso (WY) has pushed back vocally in defense of firearms owners. Unfortunately, many other Republicans seem afraid to suggest that Senator McConnell is wrong.

At work here is the politician's constant desire to pass something whenever there's a crisis. Whether that "something" actually addresses the problem is unimportant. At least the good senator can say that he or she did something.

We all agree that if a new law could reduce these horrendous mass murders, Congress ought to pass it.  But in this case, the proposed solution would have done nothing to stop the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.  Both shooter purchased their firearms legally from dealers who were Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) and passed the background checks. 

Presumably, Majority Leader McConnell is talking about having the Senate take up H.R. 8, which was passed by the Democrat-controlled House in February. 

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