The initiative, called “Protect Our Children,” proposed the age at which semi-automatic rifles could be purchased ranged from 18 to 21 and banned high-capacity bullet cartridges used by 18-year-olds in Uvalde and Buffalo. Go.
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The lower house of the United States, with a Democratic majority, approved an initiative to strengthen firearms control following chilling shootings in Uvalde (Texas) and Buffalo (New York) this Wednesday, though It’s quite possible she won’t make it to the Senate.
The bill includes some of the toughest gun control measures passed by the House of Representatives in decades.
Initiative, Baptism “Let’s Protect Our Children”, proposes Semi-automatic rifles can be purchased from ages 18 to 21 and prohibits high-capacity bullet cartridges, Used by 18 year olds in Uvalde and Buffalo.
It also proposes measures Regulate domestic weapons, Known as “ghost guns” because they lack a serial number, they are responsible for a growing number of shootings.
That first initiative was approved with 223 votes in favor and 204 votes. Five Republicans broke with their party and supported the measure, while two Democrats voted “no”.
The House of Representatives will also vote tonight on a second bill called the “Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act.”
The law seeks to expand across the country so-called “danger warning” (“red flag”) laws that have been ratified by states such as California, New York and Florida and which allow the activation of a legal procedure for confiscation of firearms which may represent a danger to self or others.
The debate in the lower house chamber has been marked by passionate speeches by Democratic legislators such as Sheila Jackson Lee who considered it “a historic moment” to end the “terrible” problem of armed violence.
In addition to photographs of Uvalde victims and those killed in Buffalo, Jackson almost shouted, “While I’m here with the Uvalde kids, they shouldn’t have died! While I’m here with the Buffalo kids, they shouldn’t have died.” !”.
Some legislators on the floor wore orange bow, The color that has become a symbol against armed violence as it is worn to avoid being shot by poachers.
The votes are followed by a committee hearing of the lower house this Wednesday Testimony of the victims of the shooting at the Uvalde School, In which 19 students and two teachers were killed, as well as the victims of an attack at a Buffalo supermarket that claimed the lives of ten African Americans and is being investigated as a racist crime.
was among the witnesses at the hearing Mia Cerillo, An 11-year-old girl who survived a shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and who told lawmakers a nightmare of the day she Cover yourself with friend’s blood to play dead and save his life.
“I don’t want this to happen again,” said the little girl in one video, demanding “protection” from Congress.
It is quite possible that neither of the two lower house initiatives is debated in the Senate, as the Democrats have a narrow majority in that chamber.
In the Senate, a group of Democrats and Republicans are negotiating a more liberal bill with provisions to increase background checks and limit the sale of certain gun components. minimum offer On which they are expected to reach an agreement before the end of the week.
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