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John Mellencamp slams politicians for lack of action and ‘vague’ new gun control laws following mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas in May that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary.
“Only in America, and I mean only in America, can 21 people be murdered and a week later buried and forgotten, with a flimsy little vignette, a vague notion of some kind of law on gun control on senators’ desks,” he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
“What kind of people are we who pretend we care about pro-life? Just so you know, anyone reading this…the politicians don’t give a damn about you, they don’t give a damn” about me , and they don’t care about our children. So with that happy thought in mind, have a great summer, because it won’t be long before this happens again.”
Mellencamp appeared to be referring to the US Senate vote on Tuesday which advanced a new bipartisan gun control bill which, if passed, could make the first major change to gun laws in decades.
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The Senate voted 64 to 34 to move forward with potential passage of the 80-page bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which includes expanded background checks on gun buyers under 21 , provides grants to states that pass their own red flag laws, and provides additional funding for school safety measures and mental health services.
All 50 Democrats (including two independents) and 14 Republicans signed to advance the legislation, the first major gun safety legislation since the Public Safety and Protection from the Use of Guns Act of 1994. recreational weapons, better known as the Assault Weapons Ban. The ban ended in September 2004, and efforts to renew the ban failed.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., endorsed the most recent legislation, while the National Rifle Association opposed the new framework.
The changes still need the support of 10 Republicans and all Senate Democrats to avoid a filibuster in an official vote. It is also expected to pass the House before landing on President Biden’s desk.
Earlier this month, Matthew McConaughey, who has advocated tirelessly for gun reform since the shooting, visited the White House to advocate for an update to outdated practice laws. .
“We need background checks,” he said from a lectern during a White House press briefing earlier this month. “We need to raise the minimum age to buy an AR-15 rifle to 21. We need a waiting period for these rifles. We need red flag laws and consequences for those who misuse them. .”
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“How can the loss of these lives matter?” he reflected. “We have to recognize that this time it looks like something is different.”
McConaughey said it was imperative that elected officials “on both sides of the aisle” talk to each other to find solutions for the American people.
“We’re in a window of opportunity right now that we weren’t in before. A window where it looks like real change, real change can happen,” he said.
After hearing about the shooting in his hometown of Uvalde, McConaughey said he “went home and hugged my kids a little longer and tighter than the night before.” He, his wife Camila Alves and their three children then traveled to Uvalde the following morning.
At least 17 people were also injured by the shooter, who used an assault rifle and was killed by response authorities.
McConaughey argued that “responsible gun owners are tired of the Second Amendment being abused and misused by deranged individuals” and suggested that “both sides see above the ongoing political issue”.
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“Let’s come to the common table that represents the American people,” he said. “America – you and me – we are not as divided as we are told. No.
“We must make choices and preserve the traditions that can make real progress for the next generation. Let’s start giving all of us good reason to believe that the American dream is not an illusion. We start by making the right choices on the question that is before us today. We start by making laws.
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The shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is now the third deadliest school shooting in American history after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 28 people were killed in 2012, and the Virginia Tech shooting, in 2007, where 33 people died.