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Wicker, Hyde-Smith vote No on advancing gun bill in U.S. Senate

By: Frank Corder - June 22, 2022

In all, 14 Republican Senators joined Democrats in moving the bill forward.

Fourteen Republicans voted with U.S. Senate Democrats to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at reducing gun violence across the country.  The bill has been negotiated for weeks between 10 Republican members and 10 Democratic members in the chamber.

“In my conversations with law enforcement officers following the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I have learned they are principally concerned with addressing the serious mental health challenges that lead to mass shootings. This proposal goes beyond that and introduces too many unanswered questions about due process and the Second Amendment,” said Wicker.

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At issue for many conservatives is the fact that the bill would send federal funding to states to further implement red flag laws, something 2nd Amendment proponents oppose.

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn has been the lead negotiator for his side of the aisle. He tweeted his approval of the bill ahead of the procedural vote, saying, “Today we released text of our bill to make attacks like the one in Uvalde less likely, while protecting the Second Amendment. I am proud that this mental health and school safety bill places NO NEW RESTRICTIONS on law-abiding gun owners.”

Politico has an outline of what the bill does in simple to read format. You can view that for yourself here.

The 14 Republican Senators who voted for the bill are:

  • Roy Blunt
  • Richard Burr
  • Shelly Moore-Capito
  • Bill Cassidy
  • Susan Collins
  • John Cornyn
  • Joni Ernst
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Mitch McConnell
  • Lisa Murkowski
  • Rob Portman
  • Mitt Romney
  • Thom Tillis
  • Todd Young

Mississippi’s two U.S. Senators were not among the Republicans supporting the bill. Both Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith voted no.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: