Democrats control Congress and NRA is bankrupt. Is the ‘wait over’ for new gun laws?

Democrats control Congress and NRA is bankrupt. Is the 'wait over' for new gun laws?

For decades, federal gun safety legislation spurred by mass shootings has come and vanished in Washington despite pleas from victims, their families and poll after poll showing most Americans support some form of gun control. Failures have been blamed on the National Rifle Association, fervent Second Amendment activists and opportunistic politicians fearful of offending the powerful gun lobbies and their gun-owning constituents. Now, with a president in office who once succeeded in banning assault weapons, Democrats holding gavels in Congress, the NRA in financial shambles and the U.S. House disciplining a member who once claimed school shootings could be hoaxes, the political climate in Washington appears to be warming to doing more than talking about gun safety. "It has been 25 years since the federal government passed a gun safety law," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action , a gun safety organization with more than 6 million supporters. "That wait is over." It’s not just a question of congressional math — the slim majorities on Capitol Hill — that’s boosting cautious optimism. Momentum built this week on the moral authority front with a vote severely reprimanding a lawmaker for doubting and denigrating school shootings. That effort was led by two South Florida congressional members whose districts were devastated by the deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose district lies just south of Parkland, filed the resolution to strip Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of her seat […]

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