Tuesday, July 5, 2022

CNBC examines 'The Future Of U.S. Gun Reform After Uvalde And Buffalo'

I mentioned that "Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed a gun control bill into law" and called it "good news" in the middle of PBS NewsHour and FiveThirtyEight examine the end of the Supreme Court term on Sunday. CNBC took a closer look at that bill and the latest Supreme Court decision on guns in context when it examined The Future Of U.S. Gun Reform After Uvalde And Buffalo, which it uploaded on Friday.

After two horrific mass shootings in Texas and New York, Congress just passed the most meaningful gun legislation in decades.

The Safer Communities Act will expand background checks in some cases, close the so-called boyfriend loophole to prevent domestic abusers from obtaining or keeping firearms and deal out grants to help prevent gun violence and secure schools.

“Some parts are very promising,” said Alex McCourt, a firearms policy expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions. “Other parts? Perhaps less so. It falls short of what President Biden was hoping for, but also falls short of what we might, as researchers, say is the best-case scenario.”

Critics of the bill argue that the Safer Communities Act could be overly restrictive on the definition of a romantic partner, and that increasing scrutiny on those under 21 will infringe on the rights of citizens that can join the military and vote. The Supreme Court also just struck down a New York concealed-carry law, which has left some states searching for new solutions to try to limit the number of guns in public.

How did recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, spur gun safety advocates into action? And what does the most meaningful gun legislation in decades mean for Second Amendment supporters and firearm companies? Watch the video above to find out more.
My response to Amy Swearer of the Heritage Foundation at 5:10 is that 18-to 20-year-olds can't legally drink, either, as a matter of public safety. The same can be true of guns for the same reason. Remember, "well-regulated militia" is still part of the Second Amendment, whether the Supreme Court pays attention to it or not.

As for looking at this issue through money, like gun manufacturers' stock prices and legal liability, hey, it's CNBC. I expect nothing more out of them and posted an entire rant about their focus three years ago. Read it there; I'm not repeating it here.

Finally, this is still good news, just not good enough to post Professor Farnsworth, especially not after mass shootings in Highland Park, Illinois, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yesterday. I may have more to say about those later. Stay tuned.

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