“Perhaps it’s a private responsibility to not shoot individuals with guns,” said Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, “and possibly individuals who don’t live as much as that responsibility should be in prison for a really, very very long time — like endlessly.”
Beyond elective office, some Republicans appeared to have had enough. Bill Frist, a former Tennessee senator who served as majority leader from 2003 to 2007, wrote on Twitter: “I can’t imagine that is what the Founding Fathers hoped for or intended. We are able to find ways to preserve the intent of the Second Amendment while also safeguarding the lives of our kids.”
Such sentiments were hard to seek out amongst elected Republicans.
Mr. Schumer framed his call for negotiations as strategic. A fast vote on House-passed laws to strengthen background checks would all but definitely be filibustered. Republicans would complain about wasting time with political show votes. Democrats would castigate Republicans for his or her opposition. Nothing could be completed, and the Senate would move on.
Negotiations, at the least, could keep gun safety a live issue for awhile.
“When things like this occur, I believe it awakens sensibilities to the larger picture — I is not going to say greater good, however the greater collective response,” Senator Shelly Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, said of the Uvalde bloodshed. “I believe that’s what we’re all probably grappling with at once.”
However it was not clear that much had modified. Mr. Manchin indicated that he was not dropping his opposition to changing the Senate filibuster rules, which might allow Democrats to push through gun control laws over unified Republican opposition. He insisted that, with good will, a broad compromise might be reached and such a move could be unnecessary.
“If we are able to’t get 70 or 75 senators that won’t vote to have a typical sense protection of your kids and grandchildren, what on this planet are we here for?” Mr. Manchin demanded. “What’s your purpose for being in the USA Senate? If it’s not at the least to guard the kids?”
The initial begin to talks has begun. Mr. Murphy reached out to Mr. Toomey and Senator Susan Collins of Maine, two of the 4 Republicans who voted for the bipartisan background check bill co-sponsored by Mr. Manchin in 2013.