Democratic lawmakers ‘divided’ over gun law

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — On Capitol Hill, there is a change in the way Democrats are responding to the latest mass shooting. Gun safety advocates say Democrats are not pushing for stronger gun control measures as they have in the past.

Alex Barrio, of the Center for American Progress, says that after the mass shooting in Buffalo, Democrats in the Senate are largely avoiding talking about new control measures. Barrio explained, “Democrats are divided.”

“The House, which can act, which has acted, which wants to respond, feels this sense of futility. Because again, a handful of senators who would rather just wash their hands of the whole issue, side with the conservatives and pretend nothing is going to happen — pretend they can’t do anything,” Barrio said.

After previous shootings, Senate Democrats have strongly called for expanding background checks or banning assault weapons.

Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) explained, “I think people are frustrated, that, despite all efforts, the Senate has been unwilling to just work through what universal background checks would look like.”

Senators John Hickenlooper and Mark Warner both expressed no hope of passing a universal background check bill.

“Do I think it will get 60 votes? Probably not. But I do think it’s important that the American people, you, can assess senator by senator where you stand on responsible gun safety law,” said Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

Unlike Democrats, Republicans are united in their message that guns are not the problem.

Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) said, “I want to condemn any violence related to racism, but the epidemic in the United States is a mental health epidemic.”

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