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McConnell and Cornyn conned Democrats, once more, on the gun security talks that are not about weapons

For the previous three weeks that’s what Cornyn has been doing, and Democrats—determined to get something in any respect achieved—have adopted alongside. Two weeks after the capturing, there was talk from Republicans about “speedy progress” on the framework. Cornyn mentioned that they have been having a “very constructive dialog about the perfect response to the horrific occasions in Uvalde final week,” however made it completely clear in a tweet that do something to limit weapons is “not gonna occur.”

A number of days after that, the Senate got here again to work after Memorial Day recess with the promise of “intense negotiations” and the prospect of one thing coming to the ground by the tip of final week. These intense negotiations signaled an enormous capitulation to by Democrats to Republicans’ phrases. There could be no expanded background checks, no restriction of gross sales of high-capacity magazines, none of something that the Home had already handed. The promised vote didn’t occur.

Then, lastly, final Sunday Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, the bulk’s lead negotiator, announced an settlement on a framework—not laws—that had two parts that may truly do one thing constructive to maintain weapons out of harmful folks’s palms, and some issues that match McConnell’s parameters, psychological well being, and college security.

The significant components of the settlement—signed onto by 10 Republicans—together with closing the “boyfriend” loophole that permits single folks convicted of home violence towards companions to acquire weapons and imposing a ready interval for underaged patrons by creating expanded background checks on them. The opposite parts have been creating incentives for states to move crimson flag legal guidelines to permit courts to briefly seize weapons from anybody deemed to be a hazard to themselves or others; increasing psychological well being funding; and cash for varsity safety.

Nice, says, Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, a vote by the tip of the week. Once more. Not so quick, says Cornyn on Wednesday. That settlement for a framework that 10 Republicans—sufficient to interrupt a filibuster—now would possibly simply not get sufficient Republican votes as a result of two of the issues 10 Republicans had signed their names to at the moment are an issue.

One of many issues that really would assist hold weapons out of the palms of violent folks—closing the “boyfriend” loophole—is now swiftly one thing these 10 Republicans don’t need, and so they additionally don’t assume it’s a good suggestion to encourage states to arrange techniques take weapons away from folks the courts assume might be harmful. To this point they’re holding the expanded background checks on 18-20 year-olds on the again burner. Anticipate it to be yanked as quickly as Cornyn has conned Democrats into dropping the opposite provisions.

Cornyn has additionally moved the goalposts. It’s not sufficient to have 10 Republican senators, he now desires at the least 20. He instructed reporters Wednesday that he desires “70-plus” senators to vote for the invoice he’s by no means going to permit to occur. And his associate within the con, McConnell, got here out Wednesday to play his half, telling reporters that he would vote for laws if it follows the bipartisan framework. The bipartisan framework that Cornyn is within the technique of dismantling.

The purpose of getting laws to vote on Friday is now basically dead. “We’re assembly once more right this moment,” Cornyn mentioned Thursday morning. “I’m beginning to get just a little involved, although, that there are a few points that must be settled earlier than we will attain an settlement.” Then just a little later he told reporters that the negotiators have been in a “good place” on the red-flag language, the crimson herring situation.

Nevertheless, he mentioned, the one provision that might take weapons away from harmful people who 10 Republicans had agreed to in precept would possibly now should be dropped fully. “I feel that’s one choice,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, from an apparently various negotiating room, Murphy instructed reporters “I feel we will work out all of those points,” he mentioned, and nothing must be dropped. Apparently, Cornyn is saying one thing fully totally different to fellow senators than he’s to the media, and Democratic senators and workers aren’t studying these tales to search out out what is admittedly occurring.

The schedule for subsequent week is shortened by Monday’s federal Juneteenth vacation, after which the Senate might be out for 2 weeks for the July 4th recess. By the point they return, all the lifeless from the back-to-back Uvalde and Buffalo may have been buried, and the nation’s consideration centered elsewhere.

Till the subsequent one.

And as soon as once more, McConnell and Cornyn may have used the Cornyn Con to realize their purpose: Doing absolutely nothing about guns, again.

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