In an era when bipartisan comity is rare on Capitol Hill, agreement between the two sides is a very big deal. But the significance of this framework goes beyond politics and even beyond policy. Societally and culturally, it turns the page on a very dark chapter in America.
That statement became the unofficial credo of anyone who believed in expanding access to firearms and everyone who bought into the notion that ever more powerful firearms were the solution to every problem.
While there are many steps that must take place between the agreement on a framework and the enactment of a law, this deal gives the lie to the notion that the power of the gun lobby can never be checked. This can be, and must be, the first of many measures that claw back the influence of a power-drunk gun industry.
This framework demonstrates that the hard work of the last decade — carried out doggedly by grassroots organizers, and especially Black and Brown organizers, frontline advocates, nonprofit groups, concerned families and communities — has finally led to action from those in the corridors of power.
While it feels like we’ve been fed false hope in the past, this time is different. This framework is a welcome starting point from which we can finally make progress on one of the most challenging problems of our time.