Murphy told Rogue Rocket the bipartisan gun control framework being debated represents an essential step in the process of incremental reforms.
Senate Gun Reform Framework
A bipartisan group of Senators announced Sunday that they have struck a tentative deal on gun reform legislation that would have enough support to break the 60-vote filibuster and move through the divided Senate.
The key provisions in the framework include:
- Creating a federal grant program to help encourage states to implement “red flag” laws, which allow a judge to temporarily keep guns away from people who present a threat to themselves or someone else.
- Investing billions in mental health services and school safety programs.
- Closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole” by extending prohibitions on gun ownership to people who have been convicted of domestic violence against a dating partner.
- Imposing federal laws against gun trafficking and straw purchasing by criminals who have someone else buy weapons for them.
- Enhancing background checks by requiring a mandatory search of juvenile and mental health records for people under 21 who want to buy a gun.
- Clarifying the definition of a “federally licensed firearms dealer” so more commercial sellers are required to do background checks.
The agreement was reached by a group of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans and has the backing of President Joe Biden, but it still faces a long road ahead. The current draft leaves out many reforms Democrats and activists have long called for.
The proposal is also much more narrow than the sweeping gun-control package the House passed last week, which aimed to raise the age limit for the purchase of semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21, ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, create new safe storage requirements for gun owners, and codify previous executive orders on ghost guns and bump stocks, among other measures.
In an interview with Rogue Rocket, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Ct.), who is leading the gun control talks for Senate Democrats, said he believes the framework could produce the most landmark legislation in nearly three decades.
“I think this is a moment where we cannot afford to fail,” he said. “There’s a reason why we have not passed any comprehensive gun violence legislation in 30 years. Because every time we get close, it’s really hard to get Republicans, in particular, to sort of take that final step.”
“But I think we can put together a package that would be the most substantial gun violence bill in 30 years. We’re not there yet, but we’re pushing to the finish line.”
Murphy Emphasizes Importance of Incremental Reforms
While Murphy acknowledged that the package excludes many provisions favored by Democrats, he still underscored the importance of taking small steps forward.
“As somebody who has been at the forefront of this fight, somebody who talks to the victims and the parents of those who have been killed every single day, I am not supporting anything that’s window dressing. I’m not supporting anything that is a box-checking exercise. I’m only going to support something that saves lives,” he said.
“I don’t know of any great social change movement in this country that got everything they wanted all at once. That’s not how it works in this country, you have to make progress.”
“So to break this logjam and to frankly show Republicans that there’s no political cost to be paid for voting with all of your constituents that want this progress to be made, that want changes in our gun laws to be made — that could have a really freeing effect on the political debate here,” Murphy continued, noting that polls have repeatedly shown that 80% to 90% of Americans support common-sense gun reforms.
“Why can’t 90% of Americans get their way?” he stated. “That’s not supposed to happen in a democracy.”
“For years it has been that minority of Americans who want no changes in our gun laws that have been the loudest. That is changing, but it’s changing gradually,” he added. “Right now, I would say, there are more calls coming into these offices favoring changes in our gun laws than for people who want no changes in our gun laws. But, you know, that has been a process that has played out over the last ten years as the anti-gun violence movement has become bigger and louder.”
Call for Action Among Americans
To capitalize on the growing momentum for gun reform, Murphy urged Americans to take an active role in the debate at hand.
“It’s really about making sure that the folks who want these changes don’t just answer the poll question, but actually write your member of Congress, call your member of Congress, send an email, post something on social media,” he said. “Getting something done here means, you know, being active. And it was the side that wanted to make sure there were no changes in our gun laws that have often been the best organized and most active.”
“I think [we] need to understand how widespread the impact of America’s gun violence problem is. We tend to think about this only when there are these mass shootings. We tend to think about it just in terms of the number of people killed,” the Senator continued.
“There’s science that shows us that kids who fear for their life every day because of the neighborhood they grow up in actually have the circuitry of their brain messed with in a way that doesn’t allow them to learn, doesn’t allow them to form relationships. It’s not a coincidence that all the underperforming schools in this country — many of them — are in the most violent neighborhoods.”
“So it’s really hard to overstate the impact of the gun violence epidemic in America. It’s not just the number of people who die. That’s the most tragic result. That’s the irreversible result. But there is a broader impact, especially on communities of color, in low income communities, that we just have to deal with. And we have to see is part of the problem rather than what we tend to see, which is just these mass shootings.”
See what others are saying: (The New York Times) (NPR) (The Washington Post)
Trump Mocks Florida Gov. “Ron DeSanctimonious” Ahead of Possible 2024 Bid
The former president may announce a bid to take back the White House on Nov. 14, according to his inner circle.
Trump Concocts His Latest Nickname
From “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted” to “Sleepy Joe” and “Crazy Bernie,” former president Donald Trump’s nicknames for his political opponents have been known for their punchy style, but Republicans found it hard to swallow his latest mouthful for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
“We’re winning big, big, big in the Republican Party for the nomination like nobody’s ever seen before,” he said Saturday at a rally in Pennsylvania. “Trump at 71, Ron DeSanctimonious at 10%.”
The former president drew rebuke from some allies and conservative commentators for driving a wedge through the GOP three days before the midterm elections.
“DeSantis is an extremely effective conservative governor who has had real policy wins and real cultural wins,” tweeted The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh. “Trump isn’t going to be able to take this one down with a dumb nickname. He better have more than that up his sleeve.”
“What an idiot,” wrote Rod Dreher, a senior editor at The American Conservative. “DeSantis is a far more effective leader of the Right than Trump was, if, that is, you expect a leader to get a lot done, rather than just talking about it and owning the libs.”
In April 2021, Trump said he would “certainly” consider making DeSantis his running mate for a potential 2024 presidential bid. But as DeSantis established himself as a credible rival to Trump, their relationship grew colder.
Last September, sources told The Washington Post that Trump had called DeSantis “ungrateful” in conversations with advisors. The former president reportedly had not spoken with the governor in months.
The Party of Trump or DeSantis?
One day after his “DeSanctimonious” jab, Trump took to the stage in Florida to support Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R) reelection campaign but grabbed more attention when he seemed to endorse DeSantis for governor.
“The people of Florida are going to reelect the wonderful, the great friend of mine, Marco Rubio to the United States Senate, and you’re going to reelect Ron DeSantis as your governor of your state,” he said to the cheering crowd.
The brief moment of support was overshadowed, however, by the conspicuous absence of DeSantis himself.
Both men held competing, contemporaneous rallies in the same state hundreds of miles apart, and multiple sources told Politico that DeSantis was not invited to Trump’s event, nor did he ask to attend.
The governor has repeatedly refused to say whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2024, but national polling consistently puts Trump ahead of him among Republicans by a wide margin.
Some recent polls, however, have shown DeSantis to lead the former president in specific states like Florida and New Hampshire.
A survey last month found that 72% of GOP voters believe DeSantis should have a great or good deal of influence in the future direction of the party, while just 64% said the same about Trump.
Sources told Axios that Trump’s inner circle is discussing a Nov. 14 announcement for his presidential campaign, timing it to capitalize on the expected post-midterm euphoria as vote counts roll in.
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The Midterms Are Tomorrow, But We May Not Have Results for a While. Here’s What You Need to Know
The counting of mail-in ballots and possible legal challenges will almost certainly slow the final results.
Election Delays Expected
As Americans gear up for Election Day on Nov. 8, experts are warning that many races, including some of the most highly anticipated ones, may not have the final results in for days or even weeks.
These delays are completely normal and do not indicate that election fraud or issues with vote counting took place. However, like in 2020, former President Donald Trump and other election-denying Republicans could seize on the slow-coming returns to promote false claims to that effect.
There are a number of very legitimate reasons why it could take some time before the final results are solidified. Each state has different rules for carrying out the election process, like when polls close and when ballots can start being counted.
There are also varying rules for when mail-in ballots can be received and counted that can extend when those votes will be tallied. That lag could seriously skew early results in many places because there has been a major rise in the number of people voting by mail.
Red Mirage, Blue Mirage
One very important thing to note is that the early returns seen on election night may not be representative of the final outcomes.
In 2020, there was a lot of talk about a “red mirage,” which is when ballots cast on election day and favoring Republicans are reported first while mail-in ballots used more by Democrats are counted later, creating the appearance that Republicans have a much wider lead.
That phenomenon may very well take place in several key battlegrounds that not only could decide the House and the Senate but also have incredibly consequential state-wide elections of their own.
For example, in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, election officials cannot start counting mail-in and absentee ballots until Election Day.
Some experts have also speculated that a similar occurrence could occur in Georiga because the suburbs — which have shifted blue in recent years — report their results later than rural counties.
At the same time, there are also some states where the opposite might happen: a blue mirage that makes it seem like Democrats are doing better than they actually are.
Such a scenario is possible in Arizona, where election officials can process mail-in ballots as soon as they receive them, and where a similar trend played out in 2020.
Other Possible Slow-Downs
Beyond all that, there are a number of other factors that could delay when results are finalized.
For example, in Georgia, candidates need to get at least 50% of the vote to win, and if none do, then the top two are sent to a run-off election on Dec. 6. That is a very real possibility for the state’s closely-watched Senate race because there is a libertarian on the ballot who could siphon enough votes from Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock to keep them both below the 50% threshold.
In other words: if control of the Senate comes down to Georgia again — as it did in 2020 and which is a very real possibility — voters may not know the outcome until a month after the election.
Meanwhile, experts also say that legal battles over mail-in ballots could further delay results, or even go to the Supreme Court. According to The New York Times, before Election Day, over 100 lawsuits had already been filed.
In Pennsylvania, for example, the State Supreme Court ruled last week in favor of a lawsuit from Republican groups requesting that mail-in ballots that did not have dates on outer envelopes be invalidated, causing thousands of ballots to be set aside. Multiple rights groups are now suing to get that decision reversed.
DHS Confirms Paul Pelosi Attacker is a Canadian National in the U.S. Illegally
The suspect espoused many political conspiracy theories promoted by the American far-right and told investigators he wished to harm House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send a message to other U.S. politicians.
Pelosi Attacker’s Immigration Issues
The man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi and trying to kidnap House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) is a Canadian national currently residing in the United States illegally, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) late Wednesday.
Law enforcement officials say the suspect embraced far-right conspiracies about U.S. politicians and told investigators he wanted to break the House Speaker’s kneecaps as a lesson to other members of Congress.
Despite his lack of citizenship, the man also allegedly told police he was on a “suicide mission” and had a list of state and federal lawmakers he wanted to target.
In its statement to the media, DHS said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had lodged a “detainer” on the suspect, which is a notice the agency intends to take custody of an individual who could be deported and requests it be notified before that person is released. The detainer, however, likely will not impact the case against him, because deportations are civil proceedings that happen after criminal cases are resolved.
According to several reports, federal records indicate the suspect came to the U.S. legally via Mexico in March 2008. Canadians who travel to America for business or pleasure are usually able to stay in the country for six months without a visa. DHS told The Washington Post the Canadian citizen was admitted as a “temporary visitor” traveling for pleasure.
Before the confirmation from DHS, there was some mixed reporting on how long the suspected attacker has been in America. On Monday, an anonymous U.S. official told the Associated Press the man had legally entered in 2000 but stayed way after his visa expired.
One day later, The New York Times reported he was registered to vote in San Francisco County from 2002 to 2009, and even voted once in 2002.
Heightened Security Concerns
The new revelation comes as lawmakers are facing increased threats, prompting conversations about safety and security with a specific focus on the role of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP).
On Tuesday, multiple outlets reported that USCP security cameras trained on the Pelosi’s house actually captured the attack, but no one was watching. In a statement Wednesday, the agency said its command center has access to around 1,800 cameras and not all are watched constantly.
The Capitol Police also said that the Pelosi’s home is “actively” monitored “around the clock” when the Speaker is there, but not when she is in Washington.
As a result, many argued that there should be more security and surveillance for the second person in line for the presidency — especially given the threat of violence after the Jan. 6 insurrection and warnings from law enforcement ahead of the midterms.
That was echoed in a scathing letter yesterday sent to Capitol Police by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.), who is one of the most senior Democrats in Congress and heads the Administration Committee.
In her letter, Lofgren noted that the agency “has previously reported to the committee that the speaker receives the most threats of any member of Congress,” and asked why that protection was not extended “to the spouses and/or other family members of the congressional leaders in the presidential line of succession.”
She questioned why the USCP had turned down an offer from the FBI for some of its officers to be part of terrorism task forces investigating threats against Congressmembers and why it had not made a formal agreement with San Francisco police for a car to be posted at the Pelosi’s home 24-hours a day as had been done in the months after Jan. 6.
Lofgren also inquired why the Capitol Police did not direct more threats against lawmakers for prosecution. She noted that members of Congress received at least 9,625 threats in 2021, but just 217 were referred.
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