US senators reach gun deal

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The agreement includes several provisions to better regulate the use of firearms after the recent tragedies that have bereaved the country. I subscribe to 1€ the 1st month

Twenty American senators, Republicans and Democrats, announced on Sunday an agreement on several provisions to better regulate the use of firearms, measures to minima after recent killings that shocked the United States.

These measures, which require a supermajority to be approved in the Senate, include an encouragement for states to remove weapons from those deemed dangerous as well as others aimed at mental health and safety in schools, but do not include the essential to the reforms demanded by the Democrats and Joe Biden. The President of the United States, however, immediately hailed the “insufficient but “significant” “advances”, believing that it would be “the most significant piece of legislation on gun control to be passed in Congress in decades”.

The presence of ten Republican senators among the signatories of the press release announcing this compromise suggests that such a text has a real chance of passing the Senate if all 50 elected Democrats are in favor of it. A qualified majority of 60 votes is required for such a bill to pass, which has so far blocked any major progress towards better regulation of firearms, due to opposition from the Conservatives.

>”A Common Sense Proposal”

The massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 21 people, including 19 children, had triggered several parliamentary initiatives, including that of this group of senators, led by Democrat Chris Murphy, who discreetly worked on them. days to find an agreement that can be approved by Congress. The twenty senators, ten Republicans and ten Democrats, agreed to “a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America's children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the danger of violence across the country,” the joint statement read.

Their proposals also include stronger criminal and psychological background checks for arms buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 as well as as federal funding for various programs dedicated to mental health. On Saturday, tens of thousands of Americans took to the streets in many cities across the country, including the capital Washington, to “stop these massacres” and demand that Congress pass reforms to better restrict access to guns. fire. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a different text with stronger measures, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles to those under 21 and that of high-capacity magazines, but it has almost no chance of go to the Senate.