In the wake of the horrific Orlando massacre, Congress has proposed myriad gun control measures. Today the Senate voted on four and defeated all of them, largely along party lines.
As Fox News reports:
A series of dueling gun control measures in the Senate were each defeated Monday evening in the first proposed legislation in the wake of the Orlando terror attack.
The first vote was on the amendment by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to enhance funding for an existing gun background check system which needed 60 votes to pass. The final vote tally was 53 to 47.
The second vote was on a measure by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to expand gun background checks and close the so-called gun show loophole where firearm purchases are not tracked. The final vote tally was 44 to 56.Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas pushed a measure that would allow the government to delay a gun sale to a suspected terorrist for 72 hours, but require prosecutors to go to court to show probable cause to block the sale permanently. The National Rifle Associated backed the legislation, but it failed in a final vote of 53 to 47.
The fourth and final vote involved a measure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to keep people on a government terrorism watch list or other suspected terrorists from buying guns. The Justice Department endorsed her legislation, but it also failed with a final vote count of 47 to 53.The votes came after Murphy filibustered for almost 15 hours last week seeking action in response to the killing of 49 people in the gay nightclub Pulse by Omar Mateen, a Florida man who pledged his loyalty to ISIS in the midst of the rampage.
Given that lawmakers weren’t able to come together around one compromise piece of legislation, each of the individual bills up today were given only long odds of passing. As anticipated, Democrats blocked two Republican amendments, arguing that they fall short in controlling the sales of firearms. Meanwhile, Republicans blocked the Democrat amendments on the basis that they threaten the constitutional rights of gun owners.
You can see how support for each of the measures up for vote today breaks down along party lines:
Today’s defeat of all four bills was expected, and eyes are already turning to a fifth bill likely to be introduced Tuesday by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who is known to be more moderate. Her measure would bar people on the government’s no-fly list — a significantly smaller group than the terror watch list — from purchasing guns and also set in place some protections for anyone wrongly placed on the no-fly list.
Though the Collins measure has sparked more optimism for passage, it still faces long odds, according to CNN.
Of course, President Obama has already expressed that he has not ruled out executive action on gun control, so regardless of what happens in Congress, it’s not a done deal as long as Obama still holds his pen and his phone.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]