In a disgusting show of support for the NRA, the Senate vetoed the latest bill expanding background checks on gun purchases, 54-46, with four Democrats crossing over to the No column.
Nevermind that 90% of the country is for better regulation of assault guns, and for background checks. No, rather, the Senate showed that it would rather be afraid of the gun lobby than its own constituents.
Gabby Giffords tore into the senate minutes after the bill was rejected:
“Moments ago, the U.S. Senate decided to do the unthinkable about gun violence — nothing at all,” read the email from anti-gun violence PAC Americans for Responsible Solutions, according to the Arizona Republic. “Over two years ago, when I was shot point-blank in the head, the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. It’s clear to me that if members of the U.S. Senate refuse to change the laws to reduce gun violence, then we need to change the members of the U.S. Senate.”
She’s absolutely right. The NRA has spread lies and many senators are mere mouthpieces for them, their souls bought for hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions.
On a side note, where does it say in the Constitution that a super-majority is required for bills to pass? Oh, it doesn’t. Harry Reid could have fixed that problem requiring 60 votes for any bills to pass, and chose not to. As a result, this particular bill died.
I don’t care if Reid is a Democrat — he’s as often a failure as he is a success, and is in sore need of examining his own stance and those of his fellow Democrats. We the People have had enough of this bullshit. Time to fix it.