With the end of the 10-day break, Congress members are returning to discuss the issue of gun-violence amidst the growing pressure from the public calling for an end to the menace. Though there have been several suggestions, including many from the President himself, no concrete plan has yet been drafted to address the problem.
President Donald Trump has offered a few solutions in the past few days. However, there has been no response from leaders within the Republican Party. Some of Trump’s suggestions included raising the age criteria for ownership of assault-style firearms and allowing teachers to carry firearms inside school premises as a protective measure, an option, he said, would be left to the consideration of individual states.
The silence from the Republican side had made it difficult to determine whether they intend to support the President’s ideas or stand against them. As of now, the suggestion that is likely to see the light of day is the one demanding more robust background checks for gun purchases. However, even this option is now facing opposition after it was found that it had been linked to another measure that actually called for more gun rights.
No instant solutions
According to Rep. Steve Scalise, there is no “magic bill” that will help end the growing gun-violence problem. To justify his statement, Scalise even pointed out to the inefficacy of current laws that were designed to achieve the same. He also mentioned that the breakdown of laws is what causes people to become upset.
Scalise himself was the victim of a shooting not too long ago. He was fired at by a gunman last year when attending a baseball event.
With the pressure from the public mounting, high expectations for gun-control have been set by the President. He even stated, in an interview with Fox News, that an effective bill would come forward very soon that would deal with stricter background checks. He also mentioned that the new bill would have something to do with age-related measures.
Trump’s earlier suggestions drew mixed reactions. For instance, the idea of arming teachers was rejected by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio- a Republican. However, his idea of increasing the age for purchasing firearms has seen better support.
Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican representative from Kansas, stated that he would show support for increasing the age limit to buy semi-automatic weapons.
Rubio, on the other hand, aims to expand this to rifle purchases as well. Rep. Brian Mast, the Republican representative from Florida, stated that he supported a complete ban on assault weapons.
However, the opposition does not seem too happy with Trump’s actions. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate Minority Leader from New York, stated that he was “skeptical” about the President actually implementing regulations, such as stricter backgrounder checks.
He mentioned that Trump’s actual test was in his ability to take action. Schumer pointed out the President’s failure to tackle the issue last time after experiencing criticism from the gun rights crowd.