US House Passes Assault Rifle Ban, Likely Doomed in Senate

The US House of Representatives, spurred on by a series of horrific mass shootings, passed a bill on Friday that would ban assault weapons for the first time in decades. The legislation passed by a 217-213 vote in the Democratic-majority House of Representatives and now goes to the Senate, where it is likely doomed to fail. Gun reform remains deeply divisive in the United States, despite the deadly scourge of mass shootings, with just two Republicans joining Democrats in backing an assault weapons ban in the House. In the 100-member Senate, Democrats have only 50 seats and 10 Republican votes are needed to bring a measure up for consideration. Congress passed a 10-year ban on assault rifles and certain high-capacity magazines in 1994, but lawmakers let it expire in 2004, and sales of the guns have soared ever since. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the latest bill a “crucial step in our continuing fight against our nation’s deadly epidemic of gun violence.” It would ban the sale, import, manufacture, or transfer of certain semi-automatic weapons, such as those used in recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and Highland Park, Illinois. An avowed white supremacist gunned down 10 African Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo in May. Nineteen schoolchildren and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old at an elementary school in Uvalde that same month and seven people were shot to death at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park. After the Uvalde massacre, President Joe Biden called on lawmakers to ban assault rifles again or at least raise the minimum purchase age from 18 to 21. But Republican lawmakers, who believe such a restriction runs counter to the constitutional right to bear arms, have refused to go along. In a statement, Biden said that “40,000 Americans die from gunshot wounds each year and guns have become the leading cause of death for children in the United States. “We know that a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines will save lives,” he said. A House committee, in a report released this week, said American gunmakers have made $1 billion in the past decade from sales of AR-15-style semiautomatic weapons. “The gun industry has flooded our neighborhoods, our schools, and even our churches and synagogues with these deadly weapons and has gotten rich doing it,” said Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “You are choosing your bottom line over the lives of your fellow citizens,” the New York lawmaker said at a hearing attended by family members of gun violence victims. Republican lawmakers rebuffed their Democratic colleagues. “Gun manufacturers do not cause violent crime,” said Representative James Comer of Kentucky. “Criminals cause violent crime.” “We will continue to protect the rights of all law-abiding gun owners who safely use, store and carry firearms, including the AR-15,” Comer said. Read More Related World News Here | US Today News What do you think about this; US House Passes Assault Rifle Ban, Likely Doomed in Senate | Newslodge Nigeria News Let’s hear your opinion in the comment below!