A historic bill has been passed; the US Senate has now approved a bipartisan gun violence bill that seemed impossible just a month ago. This has cleared the way for the final congressional approval of the lawmaker's most far-reaching response in decades to a mass shooting.
The Senate has approved the measure by 65-33. Fifteen Republicans, fifty Democrats, and two independents have made the bill's approval possible. It is important to note that many Republicans had signed even though the party had derailed gun control measures for many years.
This package amounts to the most significant new federal legislation which addresses the gun violence that had expired 10 years- the assault weapons ban of 1994. Still, this legislation fails to ban any weapon and falls far short of what the Democrats and polls show most Americans wanted to see.
The legislation deals with spending millions of dollars on mental health, crisis intervention, school safety, and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It also makes significant changes in the process for those between the age of 18 and 21 who want to buy firearms which prevent any person who is convicted in the case of domestic violence from buying arms; this is popularly known as the "boyfriend loophole" this is considered to be a victory for Democrats who have fought long to end this boyfriend loophole.
But experts suggest that this is not enough to end gun violence as there is no firearm purchase ban.