The mass shooting in Texas that claimed the lives of nineteen schoolchildren and two teachers has reignited a debate about gun control in the United States.
While a majority of Republicans have stood firm in defense of the 2nd amendment, knowing that it must be protected at all costs, some Republicans in the Senate appear ready to sell out to liberals on gun control.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told other moderate Republican surrogates to strike a compromise with Democrats for gun control legislation. McConnell claims the legislation would be narrow in scope and only address the Texas shooting.
Senators John Corryn (R-Tx.) Lindsey Graham (R-Sc.), and Mike Rounds (R-Sd.) also expressed openness to gun control legislation after the Tuesday shooting.
“Democrats have long pushed for stricter gun control at a federal level but Republicans, citing Second Amendment rights, have long pushed back against these efforts. Now, some Republicans seem to be open to softening this stance.
Most prominently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said during an interview with CNN that he had instructed Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to negotiate with some centrist Democrats, including Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), to try to hammer out a compromise bill.
“I’ve encouraged him to talk to Senator Sinema, Senator Murphy, and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that’s directly related to the problem,” McConnell said, adding that he is “hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan sol…