Party lines hold in Florida delegation as House passes gun control package

This week, the US House passed a gun control package on a vote of 223 to 204 that mostly mirrored party lines.

American Republican Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Antoine González from Ohio, Chris Jacobs from New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Fred Upton of Michigan joined the Democratic majority in voting for the US bill Representative Jerry Nadler, D-NY, Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Two Democrats-United States Representative Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon — voted with most Republicans against the proposal.

Nadler’s package included raising the age to buy semi-automatic guns from 18 to 21, increasing funds for local buy-back programs, offering more ghost gun and stockpile regulations bump and tax incentives for gun safes.

Party lines also held when the House passed a US bill Representative Lucy McBath, D-Ga., offering a temporary ban on Americans buying guns if law enforcement or family members believe they risk harming others or themselves. McBath’s bill passed by a vote of 224 to 202, with the same five Republicans voting with Democrats in favor of the bill. Golden was the only Democrat to vote against the proposal.

The Florida delegation broke down party lines in both votes.

Retirement in the United States Representative Ted DeutchD-Fla., explained why he voted for the proposals.

“Again and again and again, Congress has done nothing to protect Americans – to protect school children – from mass shootings. We owe it to the thousands of families who have been torn apart by gun violence. We owe it to the 19 grieving parents of Uvalde. We owe it to every child going to school today in America,” Deutch said. “Today we started to do better. Today we spent the Protecting Our Children Act.

“The laws we passed today could have saved at least 437 lives since Columbine,” he added. “We voted to raise the purchase age for semi-automatic shotguns from 18 to 21. It could have saved 56 lives lost in mass shootings since Columbine, including the 17 lost at Parkland. We voted to ban high capacity magazines for rifles and handguns and to ban replacement stocks for civilian use. It could have saved 311 lives since Columbine. We voted to adopt best practices for safe gun storage and penalize those who fail to secure a gun from those who cannot own one, including minors. It could have saved 86 lives. We voted to make ghost guns subject to existing federal firearms regulations. It could have saved at least 15 lives, including 3 lost in the Philadelphia shooting on Saturday.

“None of these laws violate the constitutional rights of Americans. Statements to the contrary are false and misleading. Many of them are already enacted in the states of the country. The best time to pass this law was in 1999, in response to the Columbine shootings. The next best time was today,” continued Deutch. “Today in the House chamber, it was time to choose a side. Every member of Congress was officially on the side of our kids or the gun lobby. I was proud to stand with the kids , especially the young people of Parkland. If they haven’t given up, if they’re still walking, so am I. Together today, we’ve taken the next step to making our country a safer place.

“No parent should fear for their child’s life when they go to school, the grocery store, church, the movies or anywhere else they are supposed to be safe. Guns are the number one killer of children in America – more so than car accidents or cancer – it’s horrific but preventable,” Rep. Frankel, voting for the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” said. US declared Rep. Lois Frankel, R-Fla. “And the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, similar to Florida law, is an effective, common sense measure to empower family members, health care providers, school officials, or law enforcement officers. order to ask a court to temporarily prevent a person from accessing firearms if they are found to pose a danger to themselves or others.

“Both of these bills would enact sensible policies to protect our children and families from the horrors of gun violence and to keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and others. It is time to put the lives of our families before politics and make these common sense measures law,” Frankel added.

WE Representative Greg SteubeR-Fla., spoke in the House to oppose the proposals.

“Guns are not the cause of harm, just like the vehicle used by the domestic terrorist in Waukesha, Wisconsin to mow down innocent people in a parade killing six people, the vehicle used was not the cause of this wrong…. it was the person driving it,” Steube said. “Why aren’t the victims of this heinous act shown today by Democrats on the ground like those victims in Uvalde? Where was the cry from the left to ban the vehicles that killed those innocent lives in Waukesha? It there’s no screaming to ban cars because it’s not on the agenda of the left, banning guns is and the democrats are using these heinous crimes to further the goal a long-sought policy of disarming America and many Democrats in this chamber have called for an outright ban on certain firearms.

“There is a moral decadence in our country that was created by the left. They have torn down traditional institutions, removed God from our classrooms and systematically destroyed the notion of families and traditional values,” he added. “Just look at these numbers in a recent article from the Christian post: 75% of the most cited school shooters in America are fatherless; 60% of American rapists grew up without a father; 63% of adolescents who commit suicide do not have a father in their life; 72% of teenage murderers are fatherless.

So was Robb Elementary’s killer. I could go on. Why don’t the majority talk about it? Why don’t the majority talk about solutions to have role models in the lives of our children? Because it doesn’t achieve a political goal for them.

“This bill, nor any bill before us this week, will stop mass shootings,” Steube said. “This bill will not even reduce gun violence and the facts and evidence from jurisdictions with similar policies in place make that clear. Just look at any Chicago holiday weekend and see how many people have been slaughtered with many of these policies already in place. This bill is simply one more step to restrict the ability of law-abiding citizens to own firearms and defend themselves, while doing nothing to address the cultural rot that leads to these acts.

“As an American, father, son, member of the United States Congress and human being, the horrors of the acts of violence that we have seen throughout the country are deeply disturbing and corrode the soul of our great nation. The desire to “do something” is loud and clear, but we must stay clear when we legislate from the highest legislative body in the land. The truth remains, we are a Republic that follows the hallowed words of our United States Constitution which very clearly states the right to keep and bear arms,” said U.S. Representative Byron Donalds, R-Fla.

“The instinctive proposals we are voting on today will do next to nothing to curb the infliction of heinous violence plaguing America, committed by lawless maniacs bent on devaluing innocent life. The shameless crusade on our Second Amendment exposes Democrats’ disregard and disrespect for our basic rights established in our founding documents.The people of Florida’s 19th congressional district sent me to Washington to defend their rights, and I cannot vote in good faith for a sweeping provision aimed at dismantling the right of Americans to own and bear arms,” he added.

The bills are not expected to get the 60 votes needed to eliminate a filibuster in the US Senate.

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