Mitch McConnell Taps Sen. Cornyn to Work with Democrats to Secure Gun Control

In this image from Senate Television, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks on the Senate floor, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington. Despite mounting mass shootings in communities nationwide — two in the past two weeks alone, including Tuesday in Texas and the racist killing …
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Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has instructed Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to work with Democrats to achieve  “bipartisan” gun control legislation.

CNN notes that McConnell specifically talked of working with Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to secure new gun controls, but did not provide detail as to what the new controls might be.

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 and I have encouraged him 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.

Cornyn commented on his role as McConnell’s gun control liaison, saying:

There’s a whole list of things that we can consider, but I think particularly mental health, access to mental health treatment is high on that list. I think we need to be open to whatever, wherever the evidence leads us. I would say 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.

On April 20, 2021, Breitbart News pointed to a Politico story that indicated Cornyn was talking to Sen. Murphy in hopes of finding “common ground” on gun control.

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