The massacre in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 21 people, including 19 children, had triggered several parliamentary initiatives, including that of this group of senators, led by Democrat Chris Murphy, who has been working discreetly in recent days in order to find an agreement that can be approved by Congress.
The twenty senators, ten Republicans and ten Democrats, agreed to “a common-sense bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the danger of violence across the country”the joint statement said.
Their proposals also include stronger criminal and psychological background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21 as well as federal funding for various mental health programs.
Demonstrations after the Uvalde massacre
On Saturday, tens of thousands of Americans took to the streets of many cities across the country, including the capital Washington, to “stop these massacres” and demand that Congress pass reforms aimed at better restricting access to weapons. fire.
The House of Representatives had voted on Wednesday a different text with stronger measures, including the ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles to those under 21 and that of large capacity magazines, but it has almost no chance of go to the Senate.