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Senate Republicans Just Blocked A Bunch Of Gun Control Measures

Even one that would have stopped suspected terrorists from purchasing a gun.

Huffington Post’s Laura Barron-Lopez explains how come that every single gun-blocking measure intended to enforce U.S security situation did not make it through the Congress.

In the wake of the terrible shooting in San Bernardino that resulted in 14 deaths Senate Democrats compelled to apply measures that would strengthen gun control. However, for some reason, Republicans made everything not to let the measures be adopted.

In order to enact stricter gun rules Democrats decided to deprive Obamacare repealing and Planned Parenthood defunding bill of several provisions and instead add measures to block black list extremists from purchasing lethal weapons and  to expand background checks. NY Senator Chuck Schumer suggested that this is the very time to act in order to prevent such incidents from becoming normal.

The modifications have been offered during a roll call vote on Republican bill on Affordable Care Act. Although the bill failed to collect 60 votes to be secured, it was reported that in fact the amendments have been suggested to demonstrate Democrats’ position on the shooting issue.

Barron-Lopez gives the voting results: “The measure blocking individuals suspected of terrorism from purchasing guns and explosives failed 45-54. In what was primarily a party-line vote, a couple of senators defected. The gun control-related measure pushed by Democrats failed in a 48-50 vote. The amendment, offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), would have expanded background checks for people purchasing firearms at gun shows and on the Internet.”

The second mass murder for the last five days has triggered Democrats’ prays on enforcing gun control measures, but Republicans incline to an opinion that in the first place the reform of the American mental health system should be imposed. Unfortunately, strengthening of gun control laws has always been a backbreaking task; even 2012 Newtown shooting resulted in 20 children and six adults dead did not help implement any effective security measure.

"Members of Congress don't get elected in order to send out sympathy tweets. Members of Congress get paid to change policy to make people safer. And what is so offensive, to those of us particularly who have lived through Sandy Hook, is it's not bad enough that we haven't passed any legislation to try to address these epidemic rates of gun violence, but in this Congress we are not even trying" Barron-Lopez cites CT Senator Chris Murphy. At the very most the votes for the amendment show Senators’ address to the situation, but unfortunately that is not enough.

As it was reported, there was not a single day without mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015; in fact, the number of gun-related crimes exceeded the number of days passed, and the year is not over yet. San Bernardino murder is the deadliest mass shooting since Sandy Hook.

CA Senator Barbara Boxer clearly expressed her position on the issue: when asked why bother with passing the amendments fated to fail, leaders have to keep trying.

Chuck Schumer concluded: "We are prepared to fight this in every place where we can make a difference and succeed." In his opinion, the chances to adopt the measures are quite high after the Omnibus bill is enacted.

 

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

While the Second Amendment of the US Constitution has been debated on whether it allows militias or individuals to own guns, the fact is that gun possession has been a proud feature in the United States since its foundation. It grants people the power to protect themselves from tyranny, should the day come. The problem is in this case that Republican Senators refused to place limitations on suspected terrorists from acquiring guns. Why would they oppose that? This makes no sense. Are they mad? There is a difference between the right of ordinary citizens to own guns and that of suspected terrorists. Allowing suspected terrorists to acquire guns is a receipt for disaster since one can only imagine what kind of shooting sprees will ensue. This is insane. How can anyone in his right mind agree to this?
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