House Panel Debates Gun Control Bill

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The Facts

  • On Thurs., the House Judiciary Committee advanced new gun control legislation - coined the "Protecting Our Kids Act" (POKA) - in a party-line vote of 25 to 19.

  • The proposed laws would ban individuals under 21 from purchasing several kinds of semi-automatic rifles, require gun owners to store their weapons in gun safes or otherwise securely, and expand regulation of bump stocks.

The Spin

Democratic narrative

The US has once again been reminded that gun violence can reach all American children. This new legislative package is a much-needed and long-awaited example of humanity, decency and action - the GOP should now be held responsible for passing the measures to curb further tragedies.

Republican narrative

This legislation will do nothing to curb gun violence. Most attacks are committed by over 21s and proposed changes to serial numbers and gun registries would be expensive as well as ineffective. These changes won't protect children, they'll only curb Americans' rights.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that by 2029 there will be at least 1.37 civilian-held small firearms per capita in the US (about 14% more than now) according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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