Anti-gun violence activists, gun rights supporters weigh in on tentative bipartisan gun deal

Sen. Chris Murphy is leading the charge for stricter gun laws that would include more thorough background checks for anyone under 21 and a massive investment in mental health.

Mark Sudol

Jun 13, 2022, 9:28 PM

Updated 763 days ago

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People on both sides of the aisle are reacting to a tentative agreement to provide stricter gun restrictions in the wake of recent acts of gun violence in the U.S.
Sen. Chris Murphy is leading the charge for stricter gun laws that would include more thorough background checks for anyone under 21 and a massive investment in mental health.
"This is indeed a breakthrough moment for the anti-gun violence movement, for survivors, for parents and for advocates," said Murphy. 
Twenty senators - 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans - signed a statement announcing the deal. It would also encourage states to implement red flag laws that allow authorities to keep guns away from people found by a judge to represent a potential threat to themselves or others.
"People who say they are going to kill themselves or others should be separated from their guns, at least temporarily," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
But gun supporters, like Holly Sullivan with the Connecticut Citizens Defense league, are skeptical.
"We want to make sure that the things that are done at a federal level actually bring positive change and not just doing something for the sake of getting something signed," said Sullivan.
Anti-gun violence supporters joined Blumenthal and Murphy in Hartford Monday to voice their concerns about the recent killings in Texas and Buffalo.
"I'm tired of having to explain why our children are being sacrificed to the gun industry," said Jeremy Stein, with Connecticut Against Gun Violence.
"We won't accept a country where gunfire can ring out at any moment," said Ellen Crafts from Moms Demand Action.
Murphy says the bill is being drafted and that he is trying to get it to President Joe Biden by the end of next week.
The president says the proposed bill does not have everything he thinks is needed, but it reflects important steps in the right direction.


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