Biden thinks ‘rational Republicans’ could switch to gun control

President Biden told reporters on Monday that “rational Republicans” could act on some gun control in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Driving the news: “I think things have gotten so bad that everyone is becoming more rational about it, at least that’s my hope,” Biden said.

The context: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN on Thursday that he met with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and encouraged him to speak with Democrats to find a compromise on legislation in response to the shooting at the Texas.

  • Biden said Monday he would welcome congressional action on gun control. He specifically called McConnell “a rational Republican” and that Cornyn may be one too and there’s a “recognition on their part that they can’t go on like this”.

Yes, but: Biden said he hasn’t yet spoken with Republicans about finding a compromise on gun control, “but I guess they’re going to have to look carefully.”

  • “I know I have a responsibility. I can do what I did,” he said, but noted that the constitution only gives Congress the power to change laws. “I can’t ban a gun. I can’t change background checks.”

The big picture: Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that there are “far more Republicans ready to talk” about gun control legislation than there are. seen before, reports Axios Ivana Saric.

  • “Every time after one of these mass shootings there are talks in Washington and they never come to fruition,” Murphy said. “But there are more Republicans interested in talking about finding a way forward this time than I’ve seen” since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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