House Panel Taking Up Gun Bill Following String of Mass Shootings

By: Bryana Konig

UVALDE, Texas (–Following mass shootings across the country, most recently a Tulsa medical center, the House is working on new gun legislation.

This piece of legislation was added after the Uvalde, Texas shooting a week earlier.

The bill entitled Protect Our Kids Act would raise the purchasing age for semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21. Along with this, it would become considered a federal offense to have, import, or make large-capacity magazines while adding a buyback program for these products.

The Protect Our Kids Act would also build on previous actions to ban guns built without serial numbers and fast-action “bump-stock” devices.

On the Republican side of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is persistent that this bill would not curve the number of mass shootings.

“Democrats are always fixated on curtailing the rights of law-abiding citizens rather than trying to understand why evil happens. Until we figure out why, we will always mourn losses without facing the problem. Our job is to figure out the why,” Jordan said.

On the other side of the political spectrum, chairman of the committee Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York sees a great need for this bill to pass.

“It has been 23 years since Columbine. Fifteen years since Virginia Tech. Ten years since Sandy Hook. Seven years since Charleston. Four years since Parkland and Satna Fe and Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” Nadler said. “too soon? My friends, what the hell are you waiting for?”

There is not yet an expected date for the decision of the Protect Our Kids Act.

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