The initiatives deflected by Republican lawmakers include proposals to ban weapon sales to people on terror watchlists, expand background checks nationwide and require background checks for arms sales at gun shows.
“The NRA has a tremendous power to block gun proposals that they don’t like and anything that will reduce the number of gun purchases — the NRA will oppose that.”
Donohue outlined that proposed measures, even if they were implemented, would be inadequate, as there are plenty of loopholes in American gun legislation allowing almost anyone to purchase a weapon.
For instance, it is widely known that Orlando Mateen, the Orlando shooter, bought his semi-automatic assault weapon legally, and wasn’t on a US terrorist list, although he had been interrogated by the FBI twice over suspicion of links to extremist activities.
The first step toward common-sense gun laws would be a “move toward some sort of universal background check,” Donohue stated. Reports consistently show that between 80-90 percent of Americans are in favor of such checks. But the Republican-controlled Congress, heavily influenced by the “concentrated and powerful lobby” of the NRA, has stalled action on the proposals, despite Democrats in the House of Representatives pushing laws through.
When you don’t want to confront Islamist terrorism so you sit on the House floor to score political points. pic.twitter.com/wfu5jKf6w3— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) 22 июня 2016 г.
“It’s one of the issues of American democracy when tightened special interests with intense loyalty can thwart the will of the majority,” Donohue said.
A possible shift in legislation is expected to occur after the presidential election, the expert said.
“There’s a lot of suspicion that the Democrats will do very well in this election. It’s the Republicans who largely stand in the way of gun control. If the Democrats are able to take over the Congress, you’ll see changes.”