With the continuing spate of mass shootings in the US, many lawmakers have been brainstorming on possible solutions. The Attorney General of the United States, Bill Barr also has a plan he wants to discuss with Republicans. Barr’s plan is reportedly similar to a bi-partisan gun control plan being pursued by Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin.
Barr has spent the week meeting with Republicans to feel them out on the bill. From what the conservative lawmakers are saying to the press, they do not seem enthused by Barr’s ideas.
Importantly, the Attorney General has not received a sign off from Donald Trump on the plan. While Trump has discussed expanding gun controls, his words on the subject have, thus far, been vague.
The NRA certainly doesn’t like Barr’s ideas. The organizations Jason Ouimet said, “This missive is a non-starter with the NRA and our 5 million members because it burdens law-abiding gun owners while ignoring what actually matters: fixing the broken mental health system and the prosecution of violent criminals.”
Texas senator, Ted Cruz, said after meeting with Barr, “Of the 10 Democrats on stage running for president, three are explicitly supporting gun confiscation by the federal government. If we want to stop crimes, we need to focus on the bad guys, not the good guys.”
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley was worried if Trump supported the plan or not. He told reporters, “My question was, where’s the president on this? Is this something — I asked that question directly — is this something the president supports?”
Democrats say the don’t have an opinion on Barr’s plan because it hasn’t been presented to them. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said, “Not a single Democrat has seen this or signed off on it and my understanding is the president hasn’t approved it either. It’s hard to know whether this is constructive or not.”