From the Louisville Courier-Journal:
WASHINGTON – After a torrent of criticism blasting congressional inaction, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has directed key senators to begin examining ways of curbing gun violence in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
In a statement issued Monday, the Kentucky Republican said he spoke with the chairman of three committees – Judiciary; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
“I asked them to reflect on the subjects the president raised within their jurisdictions and encouraged them to engage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights,” he said in the statement.
“Reflect on the subjects the president raised…” “[e]ngage in bipartisan discussions of potential solutions…”
Typical Massacre Mitch speak for “I’m not going to do shit, but I will stall for time and hope all you dummies will be distracted by another terrible Trump Tweet.”
The bills to help address mass shootings are already in front of Massacre Mitch. Some have bipartisan support. But we all know that you cannot allow any of those bills to see the light of day in the Senate. Republicans in the Senate would have to go on record as either 1) voting for gun control bills that piss of the NRA or 2) voting AGAINST gun control bills that even a majority of Republican voters support.
And here is a blow by blow of Massacre Mitch’s NRA contributions and what he has done for them politically.
And when one of the country’s first mass shootings occurred in his home state about 30 years ago, McConnell opposed an assault weapons ban embraced by his Democratic opponent.
Instead, he partnered with the National Rifle Association, which has rewarded him with more than $1.2 million in contributions in his career, according to a database compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
McConnell, who joined Congress in 1985, often describes the gun issue in the context of a cultural war, in which he is defending rural America’s heritage against progressives.
“The liberal establishment in Washington doesn’t understand Kentucky values and it doesn’t want to,” McConnell said in 2014, after receiving the NRA’s “Defender of Freedom” award. “That’s why I’ve been one of the biggest champions of protecting our constitutional right to bear arms. … So as long as Washington attacks our heritage, I’ll fight back.”
In 1990, Democrat Harvey Sloane, a former Louisville mayor, challenged the freshman Republican. Sloane was a strong supporter of an assault weapons ban, which was sponsored in the wake of Kentucky’s deadliest mass shooting.
In September 1989, a disgruntled employee at a Louisville plant — carrying four assault weapons, two revolvers and several hundred rounds of ammunition — shot 20 people and killed eight before killing himself.
“McConnell, who had been the county judge executive before me, supported the NRA’s position without hesitation and accepted large contributions from the NRA and its members,” Sloane told the Courier Journal in 2018. “He didn’t mention the (Kentucky) massacre during his campaign.”
Polling had the race tied until the McConnell campaign, Sloane said, flooded mailboxes and televisions with anti-gun control advertisements.
“My wife, Kathy, campaigned for me on the local radio stations in Eastern Kentucky, and the callers said they liked me but they believed I would take their hunting guns,” he said.
McConnell defeated Sloane by less than 5 percentage points.
Massacre Mitch rakes in donations from the NRA, then he tells Kentuckians that gun control advocates are coming for their hunting rifles.
Considering that Massacre Mitch is still bought and paid for by the gun manufacturers, I expect every political stalling tactic out of him over the latest gun control bills.