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Senate talks guns at pivotal point, but quick action unlikely

Some lawmakers say they are encouraged that the negotiations could lead to new measures on firearms. Yet, while the players change, a compromise is still a long way off. And others worry that the limited proposals that might pass won’t do enough to stem the tide of violence.

Reuters: US Senate Democrats say closer to compromise on gun violence

U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they were encouraged by discussions with Republicans on gun legislation, but warned that any compromise would fall far short of any measures they deem necessary to tackle armed violence. “Every day we get closer to a deal, not further,” said Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who is working with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on a possible deal. (Cowan and Sullivan, 6/7)

The Washington Post: After Uvalde, Hopes for Quick Gun Legislation Dim; Senate negotiators plead for patience

Senators buckled on Tuesday for days of additional negotiations over a response to the recent high-profile mass shootings, backing away from earlier calls for quick action even as they expressed optimism about the possibility of a long-elusive deal. to combat armed violence. The pleas for patience came as a small bipartisan group of senators continue delicate discussions on a legislative package that could include the first major new federal gun restrictions in three decades, as well as safety provisions. school and mental health. But they are fighting a tide of recent history demonstrating that Congress’s appetite for action tends to fade quickly as tragedies such as the Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas murders last month fade away. headlines. (DeBonis, 6/7)

NBC News: John Cornyn, ‘kingpin’ of gun safety deal, seeks to tame GOP fears over gun rights

As bipartisan talks on anti-gun violence legislation heat up, Senate Republican chief negotiator John Cornyn of Texas has found himself in a familiar place: dismissing unsubstantiated claims that the Senate is considering to trample on the second amendment. “I want to be clear, though: We’re not talking about restricting the rights of gun owners or law-abiding citizens,” Cornyn said Monday in a floor speech. “What interests me is keeping guns away from those who, under current law, are not supposed to have them: people with mental health issues, people with criminal records. ” (Kapur, 6/8)

Oklahoman: Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole signals House GOP opposition to gun bills

U.S. Representative Tom Cole flagged House Republican opposition to a package of gun bills heading for a vote in the House on Tuesday after a series of mass shootings, saying the legislation was ” deeply mistaken”. Cole, of Moore, the top Republican on the House Rules Committee, said he understands “the outrage, anger and frustration that’s emerging” after shootings like the recent ones in Uvalde, Buffalo and Tulsa. But he said the proposed ‘red flag’ law could deny due process rights, while legislation banning high-capacity magazines and raising the age to buy semi-automatic firearms could deny Second Amendment rights. Cole said the country was “in the midst of a widespread mental health crisis”. (Casteel, 6/7)

CNN: Conservative Wyoming senator rethinks gun laws after voters flood her office with calls for action

In the immediate aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead, Republican Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming said she doubted ideas being considered in Congress to address violence army are welcome in his very pro- gun state. … But two weeks later, Lummis on Tuesday signaled a new openness to finding legislative solutions to gun violence after he was “surprised” his office was inundated with calls from constituents expressing a deep desire to do something. thing to stop the wave of mass shootings across the country. (Barrett, 6/7)

NBC News: Lucy McBath, who lost her son to gun violence, plans to introduce the Red Flag Act in Congress

Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., lost her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, after a man complaining about loud music opened fire on a teenage car at a Jacksonville gas station, in Florida, in 2012. … The heartbreaking loss of her son turned the former flight attendant into a lawyer, who later took on public roles with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, McBath joined other black mothers who have lost children to violence as one of the mothers of the movement. (Owens, 6/8)

On gun violence and its effects on mental health —

CNN: Student who survived Uvalde shooting and others testify about gun violence at home hearing Wednesday

A House committee will hear testimony about gun violence in a hearing on Wednesday, including from a fourth-grade student who survived the horrific mass shooting last month at an elementary school in Uvalde, Australia. Texas, which shocked the nation. Eleven-year-old Miah Cerrillo recently spoke to CNN about her experience and described in chilling detail how she was afraid the shooter would kill her, so she smeared a friend’s blood on herself and played dead. Wednesday’s hearing will provide a high-profile platform for Cerrillo and others directly affected by gun violence to tell their harrowing stories to the American public. It’s rare for Congress to hear testimony from someone as young as Cerrillo on a topic as sensitive and disturbing as gun violence. (Foran, 6/8)

Houston Chronicle: Survivors of Santa Fe school shooting feel betrayed by Texas

After Santa Fe, lawmakers raised nearly $100 million for mental health resources for teens and children. According to the School Safety Center report, only about one-eighth of districts in the state used any of the funds for mental health support. A state task force later found that the Texas Education Agency did not actually measure the impact of these programs and could not even count the number of students served or “any standard outcomes” they measure. In the days following the Uvalde massacre, Abbott issued a slew of press releases. At a press conference in Uvalde, he said he considers the work of the 2019 legislative session “one of the most profound legislative efforts” not just in Texas, but “in any state.” to combat school shootings. (Barned-Smith and Dexheimer, 6/7)

The Guardian: ‘They had no empathy’: For survivors of gun violence, police response can be retraumatizing

For Americans who have lost family members to gun violence, the scene outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas was all too familiar. The yellow warning tape. Distraught parents yelling at law enforcement officials and begging them to act or respond. And the response from officers: reports and images of restrained parents and allegations that some parents were even handcuffed or Tasered. “They had no empathy,” Yvonne Trice, a California activist whose son was killed in 2015, said of police treatment of relatives in Uvalde. (Beckett, 6/6)

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ABC News: Yubo app allegedly used by Uvalde Gunman adds new ‘security features’ after filming

Representatives of social media app Yubo said on Tuesday that the platform was adding new security features and updating its user guidelines following reports that the accused elementary school shooter Robb allegedly used the app to send disturbing messages that appeared to have gone unnoticed in the days leading up to the fatal shooting. … Yubo representatives said that since the Uvalde shooting, they have updated the app’s risk detection policy, improved its user reporting capabilities, and introduced audio moderation technology for streams. live which they claim will allow for “full automatic moderation across the platform.” (Steakin, 6/7)

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