VIDEO: Cornin outlines goals for potential legislation on mental health, school safety after mass shootings

However, I want to be clear: we are not talking about restricting the rights of current gun owners or law-abiding citizens.

“What interests me is to keep weapons out of the hands of those who, under current law, should not own them: people with mental health problems, people with criminal records.

“After Sutherland Springs, we came up with a targeted bill to deal with specific circumstances. I hope we can do it again. I will not dwell on inadequate or downright harmful legislation to do “something”.

“I hope that the leader of the Democrats will allow the bipartisan discussions to continue and then end before he switches off, and to schedule the vote for something he knows he cannot pass. He is threatened to do so, but I do not believe that we should try to meet artificial deadlines. “

WASHINGTON – Today in the hall, US Senator John Cornin (R-TX) discussed the tragic shooting in Uwalde, Texas and the bipartisan negotiations for potential legislation on mental health and safety at school. Excerpts from Senator Cornin’s remarks are below, and a video can be found here.

“Like so many people in Texas and across the country, I can’t stop thinking about the 19 children and the two teachers who lost their lives in Uwalde, Texas. In the last few days, 21 families have started burying their loved ones. “

“Everyone is asking the logical question: how can we stop such things from happening again?”

“Over the last week and a half, I’ve talked, especially with Senator Murphy, Senator Tillis, Senator Cinema, but literally everyone I can contact by phone or text message to see if there’s a package of mental health legislation. and safety, which looks at some of the factors that may have prevented the recent shootings in Uwalde and elsewhere.

“However, I want to be clear: we are not talking about restricting the rights of current gun owners or law-abiding citizens.

“What interests me is to keep weapons out of the hands of those who, under current law, should not own them: people with mental health problems, people with criminal records.

“I am proud to be a supporter of the Second Amendment. Period.”

“We also recognize that there are people who are prohibited by current law from buying weapons, such as the Sutherland Springs shooter, due to criminal records or mental illness. We are discussing possible further reforms to keep weapons out of the hands of people who are not legally allowed to buy or own them.

“If we reach an agreement, law-abiding gun owners will not be affected at all. Our talks continue and indeed all 100 senators will be part of this conversation, but these are the general parameters of the things that I am interested in looking at. “

“We are not talking about banning a category of weapons everywhere, banning certain high-capacity magazines or changing the background checking system by adding additional disqualifying elements. If we are really serious about finding common ground and building consensus, such things will not have a chance to go through the Senate.

“Instead, we are talking about common sense, targeted reforms that respond to the tragedies in Uwalde and elsewhere, and which I believe will save lives – strengthening mental health, strengthening school security, keeping weapons out of the hands of the people,” which are already legally prohibited from having them. I think that many of our colleagues could stand behind these provisions, as they did with the Fix NICS bill. “

“Following Sutherland Springs, we came up with a targeted bill to deal with specific circumstances. I hope we can do it again. I will not dwell on inadequate or downright harmful legislation to do “something”.

“I think targeted reforms are the way to get to where we need to go.”

“I understand the desire for quick action, but I hope that the leader of the Democrats will allow the bipartisan discussions to continue and then end before pulling the plug and scheduling the vote on something he knows he cannot pass. He threatened to do so, but I do not believe that we should try to meet artificial deadlines.

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