That so many hoops had to be jumped through JUST to get the “Right” to agree to vote on such an obvious smart move, amazed me. That it was voted down isn't at all unexpected. Sadly. Tragically.
Murphy's amendment sought to close the so-called gun show loophole—requiring background checks universally for gun buyers, including Internet sales, as well as expanding the federal background check database.
The final votes on these two measures both came in at 47-53 mostly along partisan lines.
"If they’re too dangerous to buy a firearm, they’re too dangerous to be loose on our streets," Cornyn said. "Islamic extremists want the American people to trade our liberties and values with fear and panic.” (source)
Of the more than 300 American deaths from political violence and mass shootings since 9/11, only 33 have come at the hands of Muslim-Americans, according to the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The Muslim-American suspects or perpetrators in these or other attempted attacks fit no demographic profile—only 51 of more than 200 are of Arabic ethnicity. (source)Check out all the handy dandy analysis over at Mother Jones. Depressing but fascinating.
Also in December, a NRA-backed measure brought by Sen. Cornyn aimed to implement a 72-hour delay for gun purchases by people on the watchlist so that the government could investigate them. It also failed. (source)It was approved by Big Daddy NRA and put up by the rootin’ tootin’ Right Wing double talker John Cornyn but it failed? WHY?
My guess? The Oppose-Anything-Obama-Wants-Or-MIGHT-Want crowd’s gone wild. They’re blind drunk on their own belligerent, hate-filled rhetoric and can no longer be reigned in by their “betters.” I honestly believe these greed headed, weasel brained, rat fuckers think that their job is nothing more than psychotic performance art – bluster, obstruct and deliver Palin-esque oratory. These are stone grifters who've taken the Republican party and their fanbois for the ride of their lives. We’re all paying for that.
These are the frauds, the oily miscreants who just voted against gun safety regs that would’ve prevented terror suspects from buying guns.
Lee (R-UT), Nay
VOTE THEM OUT! They’re nothing more than prossies for death.