Stephen Colbert blasts 'idiot' Sen. John Kennedy for remarks following Boulder shooting

Ruben Fields
March 24, 2021

The bill's sponsor expressed relief that Iowans would be able to exercise their gun rights "without a permission slip". The 2018 Boulder ordinance banning the possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was in effect for more than two years before enforcement stopped with the March 12 ruling.

In brief remarks responding to the shooting, Biden urged Congress to move quickly to close the loopholes in the background check system and to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines - an effort that would be even more hard to achieve politically.

While there are signs the influence of the NRA is declining nationally as it files for bankruptcy, pro-gun rights forces remain strong in many states.

"We've seen the states take action because the federal government has failed to do so", said Laura Cutilletta, the managing director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

"We have another epidemic in this country: It's called guns", Durbin said.

Still, gun politics has shifted drastically in the decade since the Sandy Hook shooting.

While a Senate vote on new gun control would be the first in several years, Democrats do not have the votes to pass any significant reform.

"The United States Senate - I hope some are listening - should immediately pass the two House-passed bills that closed loopholes in the background check system", Biden said.

The House this month passed two measures on almost party-line votes created to improve and bolster background checks.

Republicans by and large remain staunchly opposed to new gun regulations, arguing that the Second Amendment is sacrosanct and should not be infringed by virtually any legislation.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has also branded the scenes "unacceptable" and said "thuggery and disorder" would never be tolerated. At least nine cars had the windscreens smashed in and vandalised as a wave of violent protest hit Bristol last night.

He says firearms are not the root cause of the continuous mass shootings. He also acknowledged that it was the second mass shooting in one week following another that occurred in Atlanta, Ga. that left eight people dead.

"They want to defund our police". She says the home invader who killed Schwed bought a gun on the internet without a background check.

"I do think we ought to keep this in perspective. We can not lose this right".

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Tuesday morning to bring to the Senate floor legislation passed by the House that would require background checks for most gun sales and transfers.

The reverse dynamic is at play in other state legislatures.

"The reason we had the assault weapons ban was to prevent exactly the sort of tragedy that happened yesterday", said Friend, who worked to support the idea before she was elected. The gun also has a brace on the back, which allows users to hold the gun against their shoulder for stabilization.

In response, Cruz went on the defensive, saying that he introduced legislation along with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley "targeted at violent criminals, targeted at felons, targeted at fugitives, targeted at those with serious mental disease to stop them from getting firearms, to put them in prison when they try to illegally buy guns". "State laws alone will not do it".

Schumer said the recent shootings add to the need to act.

The host went on to lambaste Republicans in Congress for inaction on the issue of gun control, specifically targeting Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, who drew fierce backlash on Tuesday after comparing mass shootings to drunk driving during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control.

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