While Democratic lawmakers continue their efforts to push new gun control legislation through Congress, Republican representatives have established a new plan for “restoring the American family.”
The plan, released on Thursday by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), outlines 10 principles the committee believes should act as the foundation for a renewed effort to strengthen American families, which are “the cornerstone of a strong republic.”
The first principle outlined in the RSC’s framework is “the protection of children from far-left ideologies,” including “the transgender movement and racist ideology in their schools,” and “the dangers of Big Tech and the internet.”
Increasing numbers of Republicans across the country have voiced concerns over the worrisome content being included in K-12 public education, from overly sexual material to ideas some have deemed racist. Earlier this year, in May, Texas voters elected a wave of conservative school board candidates who opposed these developments.
“Republicans dominated school board races across Texas because parents are fed up with left-wing garbage,” said Texas GOP Chair Matt Rinaldi.
The RSC’s plan for restoring American families also outlined support for “efforts to end abortion,” “efforts that incentivize work as a means of uplifting families,” and “empowering parents with more choice and control over Pre-K and K-12 education.”
Meanwhile, as GOP representatives look to establish a new focus in family-oriented policy, House Democrats continue their efforts to push new gun control legislation through Congress.
On Thursday, the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee approved a sweeping package of legislation called the “Protecting Our Kids Act.” The package, which is composed of eight separate bills, would establish a number of new firearm restrictions, including banning high-capacity magazines and raising the legal purchasing age for a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21.
While some Republican lawmakers have expressed a willingness to compromise with Democrats on gun control, others have voiced a belief that the solution to gun violence lies in addressing problems of mental health and family dissolution.
Although the GOP representatives who endorsed the RSC’s framework for restoring American families didn’t explicitly mention issues of gun violence, many acknowledged how far-reaching the consequences of weakened families are.
In an interview, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said, “The root of many of our nation’s greatest challenges is the rapid erosion of strong families. If we want to protect and strengthen our nation, conservatives in Congress must be committed to promoting a pro-family agenda when Republicans win back the House.”