PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The reaction to the Texas school shooting came quickly, with Democrats calling for action.
Democrats, including the president, are advocating for regulations that could help stem gun violence in the United States, but it already appears Republicans have little appetite for gun control measures.
The elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas is the deadliest shooting since Sandy Hook. Now President Biden is calling on Congress to do more than express thoughts and prayers.
“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” President Biden said at Tuesday’s press conference.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has made an impassioned plea to Republican senators to support what he says are common sense gun control measures.
“Why are you going through all the hassle of getting this job, of putting yourself in a position of authority if your answer is that as the slaughter escalates as our children run for their lives – we do nothing?” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).
It also appears that all eyes were on Republican senators after the shooting.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr used his press conference to implore Republican senators to support measures like universal background checks.
“When are we going to do something? said Kerr. “Are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of children, our elderly and our worshippers? Because that’s what it looks like.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe wasn’t the only one to reject the idea of gun control measures. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said in an interview that such restrictions weren’t working and instead pushed for more law enforcement in schools.
“Every time something happens, they want to blame the guns,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun said he was open to finding common ground, including solutions unrelated to gun control.
“When we have a shooting like this, there’s usually a mental illness factor,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) said.
For years, Democrats have pushed for measures like universal background checks and renewing the federal ban on assault weapons, but the measures have been stalled in the tightly divided Senate.
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