After every mass shooting, the usual suspects come out to declare “enough is enough.” Our politicians and celebrities start braying in unison, and clamor to ban assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, or whatever else they can think of. Inevitably the gun grabbers will take advantage of the tragedy, and propose more anti-gun legislation. This time around their efforts appear to have failed across the board.
Following the Orlando night club shooting, members of the United States Senate proposed four separate gun control laws; and on Monday, all four of those bills failed to pass. Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed a law that would prevent anyone who was placed on the terror watch list within the last five years from buying a gun. That bill failed to pass 47-53. Another terror-related gun bill was proposed by Republican Senator John Cornyn, which failed to pass after falling seven votes short.
Republican Senator Charles Grassley proposed a bill that would increase funding for background checks, which also fell seven votes short of the 60 that were needed to pass it. And finally, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy suggested expanding background checks for gun sales that take place on the Internet or at gun shows. That bill failed on a vote of 44-56.
Despite these bills being proposed by members of both parties, the actual vote tallies fell along typical party lines, with most Republicans voting against the new measures. While the Democrats accused their opponents of being tools of the NRA, Republican senators argued that the proposed laws would violate the Constitution. Some of the senators are hoping to find a compromise on the terror watch list bill later this week, but those efforts are also expected to fail.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger .