Yesterday was a victory for the United States – the Senate prevented shredding the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th amendments in order for Senate Democrats to restrict the 2nd.
This is being played as Republican’s wanting to sell guns to ISIS. I’m not joking, that’s actually what Sen Chris Murphy stated:
We’ve got to make this clear, constant case that Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS
Why? Because the Senate Democrats put forward bills to restrict gun sales to people listed on the US Government’s Terror Watchlists. The same secret watchlists that the even ACLU is saying not to use for gun control.
So what was the problem with the proposed bills from the Democrats? TL;DR – they wanted people to prove their innocence, eliminated due process, and a host of other issues.
The Republican’s put up two alternative bills in order to quell public fears:
Grassley Senate Amendment 4751
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s piece of legislation aimed to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) through increased funding. Other than Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, Democrats voted against the measure,
Grassley’s bill failed 53-47.
Looks like the Democratic party isn’t for bolstering the NICS system.
The Republicans also put a bill up allowing use of the Terror Watchlists to deny gun sales provided the feds could show probable cause:
Senate Amendment 4749
Another bill, put forth by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, would have allowed a federal judge to block a gun sale pending there is probable cause that an individual “has committed or will commit an act of terrorism.”
The Cornyn bill failed 53-47.
In closing, the any spin about how this is all the Republican’s fault is misplaced – the Republican’s proposals had much more support and protected core constitutional rights.
Also of note: Universal Background Checks, which were utterly unrelated to the Orlando shooting and would not have prevented it, were also defeated yesterday. Hooray!