In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a group of bipartisan senators have come together to try to fix some of the existing gun control laws. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, with other senators, have introduced the Fix NICS Act. The bill is designed to strengthen the existing background check system through incentives and penalties for state and federal agencies to be in compliance with the current requirements of the current system. It would also give funding for a Domestic Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative. The introduction of this bill in the Senate causes a question to come to mind: Is this a good first step towards stronger gun control laws?
People who feel this is a good first step believe that any bipartisan effort towards gun control is great. It has seemed to many in the country that the partisan divide is so bad that finding common ground on anything by them is nothing short of a miracle. Some feel that, by the parties working together on this and reaching a deal, people will be made to believe they can work together in other areas and things might start to change. Finally, they feel funding to try to prevent domestic abusers from getting guns is a very good thing.
Those who feel it is not a good first step think this is a meaningless gesture. They feel that all the senators are doing is trying to give incentives for following the laws that are currently on the books. Instead of making a new law, people feel they should just enforce the ones we already have. Many view this as a publicity stunt just to quiet the outcry from people after the run of mass shootings. They want Congress to do something real about the problem, not just give lip service about trying to do something.
The Young Turks discuss the bipartisan gun control effort:
Is the Fix NICS Act a good first step towards bipartisan gun control reform? Is this the beginning of Congress finally working together on this issue? Or, is this just a stunt to get people to leave Congress alone about gun control?
Yes, the Fix NICS Act is a good first step towards gun control reform
Those who feel this is a good first step say that Congress finding any agreement on this issue is a good thing. They feel that if they can do this together, they can find other areas to work together on, and soon we will have real reform.
A good first step. Will it pass? That’s the question.
— Star Aasved (@StarAasved) November 16, 2017
FINALLLLY! Bipartisan Gun Legislation Introduced to Prevent Domestic Abusers From Purchasing Guns https://t.co/Jg7ufmuGmj
— Megan Woram (@MeganWoram) November 16, 2017
When is the last time we've reported good news out of Washington? Here's a step in the right direction. Senators introduce bipartisan gun background check bill https://t.co/gsANvuwWou
— Steve Austin (@iAmSteveAustin) November 16, 2017
It's not perfect but it's something and it's bipartisan which gives me hope!
— Kasey Quigley (@KelliAnnaQ) November 16, 2017
No, the Fix NICS Act is not a good first step towards gun control reform
People who think this is not a good first step say that this is a giant waste of time. They feel that the government should just enforce the laws we already have, not give rewards to agencies for doing what they are supposed to do.
It's all meaningless and worthless if I can still walk into a gun show or pick up a newspaper and buy a gun without any type of check or waiting period. Every gun transaction needs to be recorded and have completed background checks before an exchange occurs – period.
— Jesús Blanco (@GOP_Hypocrites) November 16, 2017
HOW MANY BILL'S THAT REQUIRE GUN OWNERS TO HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE HAND -THERE ARE HOW MANY NOW ? ENFORCE WHAT IS ON THE BOOKS
— billadams (@billadams678) November 16, 2017
I’m all for closing loopholes to strengthen current laws, but this seems pointless(unless I am missing something)current law requires states & military to report,they didn’t/don’t?doesn’t that mean they r breaking current laws?♀️but now u want to give them incentives ?♀️
— steve (@stevlucas) November 16, 2017
GARBAGE!!! Weak TRAITORS! This does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to prevent bad guys from attacking innocent ppl! Now Michigan is taking ACTION by allowing TRAINED, LICENSED ppl to carry in schools n other NO GUN ZONES to protect n DETER cowards looking 4 easy targets! BEST SOLUTION 4 this
— MyKidzDad (@KJVBAPTIST) November 16, 2017
Is the Fix NICS Act a good first step towards real gun control reform?