From Pennsylvania the fight for a legislative instrument to properly control gun sales without affecting the Second Amendment, has several names, but one of them bears the name of the Republican Pat Toomey.
Patrick Joseph Toomey, from Providence, Rhode Island, is an American politician who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate since 2011. After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, the congressman introduced gun control legislation for the first time. He partnered with a Democrat colleague, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to suggest mandating criminal background checks on all gun sales between private parties, with a few limited exceptions.
Since then, Toomey has been assigned as an fighter of “impossible causes” and has always had in reserve the energy to be the voice that Pennsylvania needs to pass a law that may help to stop the firearms violence of racial conflicts in the nation.
But it has been a lonely battle, because it supports legislation that if “touches the second amendment” is considered an anti-patriotic attitude and in practical terms, not in line with the Republican colors.
And it is a fact; his colleagues have broken with him for defying the most important gun lobby in the United States.
Perseverance in mind
Pat Toomey has been a tenacious congressman and he has tried many times to get his bill passed over the past decade
Although he is not a politician of “adequate” reactions, he believes there is an opportunity because mass shootings in El Paso,Texas and Dayton, Ohio led President Trump to declare that criminal background checks should be strengthened for those who buy weapons, and he assured that in Congress there is a “strong political appetite” to pass such a law.
Billy Penn reporter, Michaela Winberg has asked some questions that could be answered soon. Will Toomey’s latest efforts prevail? Perhaps. Times have changed since his first 2013 push, and the country’s gun violence problem has only intensified.
Again in the media
Last Tuesday, on the Republican´s favorite Fox News, Toomey said that “We have universal agreement in this country that violent criminals and those who are determined to be dangerously mentally ill should not have firearms, for obvious reasons” (…) ” Well, the background-check system is the mechanism for determining if someone is in either of those categories.”
The two-term senator has also paired up with a second Democratic colleague, Chris Coons from Delaware. Together, they want to make sure that state law enforcement agencies are notified immediately when the FBI finds out someone lied on a firearm application.
Now, the question is: Will any of this stuff actually pass in the Senate?
“Well, I hope it would” Toomey said on Fox. “I think it’s just a common sense measure.”
Translated by: José Espinoza