Sen. Dianne Feinstein wasted no time calling for tougher gun laws in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 dead.
On Twitter Wednesday, the California Democrat wrote, “Another mass shooting. Reportedly another AR-15. My bill to ban assault weapons is ready for a vote. How long will we accept weapons of war being used to slaughter our children?”
Feinstein continued the charge on Thursday, pleading with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley to take up the issue at a committee meeting, reports Bloomberg.
“What are we going to do? How many school shootings do we need in a given year?” asked Grassley, during the meeting. “I’m here to say, Mr. chairman please, let’s take some action, we cannot see this continue on.”
Another mass shooting. Reportedly another AR-15. My bill to ban assault weapons is ready for a vote. How long will we accept weapons of war being used to slaughter our children?
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) February 15, 2018
Grassley reportedly told Feinstein that he had planned to do something on gun control before the shooting. Adding that he wanted to meet with her and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to “see what sort of an agreement we can reach on legislation.”
“It’s just very hard to sit here year after year and do nothing,” said Feinstein.
What will likely be discussed is the Fix NICS Act. A bipartisan bill designed to ensure federal and state authorities are submitting relevant mental and criminal history records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Sponsors of the bill include both Cornyn and Feinstein, along with Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 15, 2018
Along with Fix NICS, Feinstein’s ban on trigger cranks and reciprocating stocks will get some attention. Support for this measure also crosses party lines.
Not likely to get serious consideration is Feinstein’s black rifle ban nor efforts to criminalize private transfers. Bills to do either have been met with considerable opposition over the years. Most notably, in 2013, when the Senate voted down universal background check legislation and an “assault weapons” ban.
Who knows, though. I trust politicians about as far as I can throw ’em. We’ll have to keep a close eye on Congress in the coming days and weeks.