Today’s best tweet: “I am drunk, off PTSD meds, violating probation, buying some guns at a gun show, just how the founding fathers wanted it.”
April 17: Even though 90 percent of Americans polled favor expanded background checks for gun sales, a compromise bill died today in the Senate by a vote of 54-46. Although four Democrats voted “nay,” it needed 60 votes to avoid a threatened Republican filibuster.
Several GOP amendments went down with it, including additional funds for school safety and mental health. The NRA contends this bill would do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and put a strangle hold on their 2nd Amendment rights. Proponents claim it would provided tougher laws on gun trafficking and straw purchases.
This is business as usual in Congress. Even though Senate GOP filibusters have choked-off more than 400 bills from facing a full vote, both sides could share blame. Americans just cannot rely on Congress to get things done anymore.
Unarguably, more mass shootings will occur. Perhaps expanded background checks would have prevented it. Maybe a few American lives would have been spared if the Senate passed something today. We’ll never know. Rick Gleitsmann, Kennewick