The media had a gun control bill before senators

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said the media had the full text of the latest gun control bill before the Senate had a chance to consider it.

Speaking to BlazeTV’s Glenn Beck, Lee said the bill’s rollout was the “Senate operating at its worst”, noting that it was preventing others from adding amendments. The U.S. Senate ultimately voted 64 to 34 in favor of the bill that sought to expand background checks for those who buy guns under the age of 21, as well as create financial incentives for states to impose their own red flag laws. Fourteen Republican senators voted with Democrats to pass the bill.

According to Lee, Republicans were essentially asked to blind vote on the bill without reading it. Lee told Beck:

There was a group of senators, ten Republicans and ten Democrats, who got together and wrote this behind closed doors. I hope they read it. But I don’t think anyone else had the chance to do it. In fact, yesterday afternoon, mid-afternoon, a number of news outlets reported that they had the text of the bill. The senators still have not done so.

We received the text of the bill, moments before we were to vote on it. He ended up getting an overwhelming vote, as virtually every Democrat and ten or 15 Republicans voted in favour. It’s breathtaking to me. This is not how the Senate is supposed to work.

Lee lamented how this quick process essentially made the text of the bill “sacred” like it was carved in stone, allowing no changes.

“It works at its best when people introduce bills. They come up with something, and senators hold hearings on it. They discuss the language. They debate. Then they also debate the amendments. They say, ‘Okay.’ This one here might be fine if you made those changes,” Lee said.

“This is what the American people deserve. They deserve better from the best legislative body in the world. They didn’t have that here,” he added.

The bill will still have to pass the US House, where Democrats hold a narrow majority and will surely face hard-line opposition from far-left members like the team. The bill will likely face a few tweaks (right or left) before being sent to President Joe Biden’s office.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) criticized the bill as an attack on gun rights.

“The NRA will support legislation that improves school safety, promotes mental health services and helps reduce violent crime,” she said Tuesday.

“However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it is insufficient at all levels. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary charges over the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners,” added the organization.


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