McConnell Open To Gun Control Measures?

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This isn’t going to go over well with some conservatives.

According to reporting by CNN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has tasked Senator John Cornyn (R-TX.) to discuss working with Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) and Chris Murphy (Connecticut) to secure bipartisan gun control laws.

Discussing the bipartisan legislation with CNN on Thursday (May 26), McConnell said: “I met with Senator Cornyn this morning. As you know, he went home yesterday to see the family members and begin the fact-finding of this awful massacre.”

McConnell added that he encouraged Cornyn “to talk with Sen. Murphy and Sen. Sinema and others who are interested in trying to get an outcome that is directly related to the problem. I am hopeful that we could come up with a bipartisan solution.”

However, McConnell didn’t discuss any of the ideas or solutions the bipartisan legislation would include.

Cornyn also revealed, “There’s a whole list of things that we can consider,” when taking on the role of gun control liaison for McConnell.

However, Cornyn emphasized that “mental health, access to mental health treatment” is “high” on the list of solutions.

He added that it was necessary to be “open to whatever, wherever the evidence leads us,” stating that “this is not an excuse to infringe the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens; doing that will do nothing to fix tragedies like this.”