After mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas have wracked the country, the House voted today on banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons to people under the age of 21.
The bill passed in a mostly party-line vote, 228-199.
FOX News Reports–
“House lawmakers on Wednesday vote to set the minimum age to buy semi-automatic weapons at 21 in response to a string of high-profile shootings.
The bill has little chance of clearing the Senate as it pursues negotiations focused on improving mental health programs, bolstering school security, and enhancing background checks.
The vote comes after a House committee heard testimony from recent shooting victims and family members, including from 11-year-old girl Miah Cerrillo, who covered herself with a dead classmate’s blood to avoid being shot at the Uvalde elementary school last month.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) spoke shortly before the bill was passed at a gun-control event, saying “Why? Why would someone be against raising the age so that teenagers do not have AK-47s? Yes, they say mental health issues. Yes, we want to address mental health issues. Other countries have mental health issues. They don’t have a gun violence epidemic.” NBC News reported.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) advocated against the restriction, saying that the House should focus on addressing the ‘root problems’ of gun violence.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) echoed Scalise’s argument, saying that the solution to gun violence is not ‘destroying’ the second amendment.
“The answer is not to destroy the Second Amendment, but that is exactly where the Democrats want to go,” He said.