McConnell, Cornyn plan to ram through gun control


Senate Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are working with Democrats on a plan to impose new gun controls, which they believe will help them in the 2020 elections.

“Republican sources close to McConnell say he sees a political benefit to moving a bipartisan measure in response to a spate of mass shootings this year, and that he acknowledges the politics surrounding expanded background checks have shifted in recent months,” The Hill reports. “A Senate Republican aide said ‘the suburbs are key’ in describing the dynamics on gun legislation.”

McConnell and Cornyn may considering bringing back all or parts of 2013 gun control proposal by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and backed by Barack Obama.

It passed the Senate but ran into an obstacle in the House when Congressman Steve Stockman blocked it on procedural grounds. The bill included a fee on its mandatory background check, which Stockman noted was a tax. The Constitution requires any legislation that creates a tax can only originate in the House.

The odds of it passing this time are greatly increased. Current President Donald Trump has backed expanded background checks and even issued a bump stock ban by Executive Order after the Obama administration declined to do so.

McConnell and Cornyn plan to work with the White House to come up with gun restrictions the President will support, claiming polling shows Republicans lost in 2018 over guns.

“We lost college graduates and women in the suburbs, which led in the House to loses in suburban Kansas City; Oklahoma City; Houston; Dallas; Atlanta; Charleston, S.C.,” McConnell told reporters in April, The Hill notes. “We’re determined not to lose women, certainly not by 19 points, and college graduates in our Senate races. And I don’t think we will.”

Both Cornyn and McConnell are up for election this year. Texas’ Republican Lieutenant Governor recently announced he would fight the NRA to pass gun control.