The need for Congress to reduce the number of guns in the hands of citizens is urgent. And yet, although House Democrats passed enhanced background check and red flag bills, these bills failed to become law because Republican senators oppose them and Democratic senators are two votes short of reforming the filibuster.
As far as I can tell, Republicans object to gun control laws because they restrict the freedom of gun owners. They continue to oppose gun safety laws even though 17,424 people have died from gun violence in the U.S. so far this year.
Other nations, with strict gun control laws, have very few gun deaths each year. This is a problem unique to the U.S. It’s time for all of us, Republicans included, to tackle this monstrous failing, correct it, and save lives.