Trump Goes After McConnell and Republicans who Support Gun Control

On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) for working with Democratic lawmakers to advance a new gun control bill.

The legislation, which proponents describe as “bipartisan,” would institute a number of new firearm restrictions and violence prevention measures, and would represent Congress’ most significant action on gun control in decades.

In a post on his social media network, Truth Social, Trump slammed the bill as a slippery slope towards further violations of Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

“The deal on ‘Gun Control’ currently being structured and pushed in the Senate by the Radical Left Democrats, with the help of Mitch McConnell, RINO Senator John Cornyn of Texas, and others, will go down as the first step in the movement to Take Your Guns Away,” Trump stated.

“Republicans, be careful what you wish for!” the former president added.

The bill, referred to as the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, introduces several new measures intended to prevent mass violence. Steps contained in the legislation include expanding the background check process for gun buyers under 21, incentivizing states to implement red flag laws and providing an influx of funding for school safety and youth mental health services.

The bill would also close the “boyfriend loophole” by prohibiting individuals convicted of domestic abuse of a romantic partner from possessing firearms for a period of at least five years.

While 15 Republican senators voted to advance the bill closer to final passage on Thursday, several GOP lawmakers joined Trump in criticizing the legislation and colleagues supporting it.

“We did not anticipate that we will be playing defense against the Republican senators on preserving the Second Amendment,” said Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), a co-chair of the House Second Amendment Caucus.

If the bill makes it through the Senate, it is likely to pass the House, where Democrats hold an outright majority. President Joe Biden has indicated he will sign the legislation if it makes it to his desk.

Still, some Republicans plan to make their opposition known. On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told colleagues he would not support the legislation.