On Monday, President Joe Biden welcomed three Tennessee lawmakers to the White House to discuss gun control measures. The lawmakers, known as the â€˜Tennessee Threeâ€™, have been vocal advocates for gun rights in their state, but have also expressed a willingness to work with the Biden administration on common-sense gun control measures.
The meeting comes in the wake of several high-profile mass shootings in the United States, including the recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado, which left 10 people dead. Biden has made gun control a top priority of his administration, calling for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as expanded background checks for gun buyers.
The â€˜Tennessee Threeâ€™ â€“ Senator Marsha Blackburn, Senator Bill Hagerty, and Representative Tim Burchett â€“ have all been staunch supporters of the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms. However, they have also expressed a willingness to work with the Biden administration on measures to prevent gun violence.
In a joint statement released after the meeting, the lawmakers said they had a â€œproductive discussionâ€ with the president and his team. â€œWe appreciate the opportunity to share our perspective on gun rights and gun violence prevention,â€ the statement read. â€œWe look forward to continuing this important conversation and finding common ground on ways to keep our communities safe.â€
The meeting was seen as a positive step towards bipartisan cooperation on gun control, which has been a contentious issue in American politics for decades. While Democrats have pushed for stricter gun laws, Republicans have argued that such measures would infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
However, recent polls have shown that a majority of Americans support common-sense gun control measures, such as expanded background checks and a ban on assault weapons. The â€˜Tennessee Threeâ€™ have acknowledged this shift in public opinion, and have signaled a willingness to work with Democrats on measures that would prevent gun violence while still protecting the rights of gun owners.
The meeting between the â€˜Tennessee Threeâ€™ and President Biden is just the latest example of the presidentâ€™s efforts to reach across the aisle and find common ground on important issues. While there is still much work to be done on gun control, this meeting is a positive step towards a safer and more secure America.