A group of 20 US senators announced a deal Sunday on an outline of a bill that would give the appearance of taking meaningful action against gun violence and mass shootings.
But gun safety proponents were quick to point out that the deal mostly ignored guns — rather focusing on those areas the NRA and their Republican supporters favor for debate: mental health and hardening schools.
“Today we are announcing a common sense, two-pronged proposal to protect American children, keep our schools safe and reduce the threat of violence in our country. Families are afraid and it is our duty to come together and do something. that will help restore their sense of safety and security in their communities,” the group said in a statement on Sunday. “We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and enacting our common sense proposal into law.”
The “common sense” deal doesn’t include any of the key provisions gun safety advocates say are necessary. The proposal has:
- No ban on semi-automatic weapons
- No ban on high-capacity magazines
- Minimum age of 21 to purchase AR-15 style rifles
- No universal background checks
- No rules for safe storage at home
- No background check required for internet sales and weapon shows
- No ban on family members buying guns for their children
Ryan Shead, a disabled veteran, gun control advocate and candidate for Arizona State Rep. tweeted: “This bill is a joke! It makes it sound like mental health is the cause of gun violence. It’s the damn guns! Funding for school safety? It’s the damn guns! Do it better!! Kids are dying.”