Yesterday, a gun control bill was killed in the senate. This wasn’t a “take all guns away” bill, or a “national registry of gun owners” bill (although some Republicans misreported that it was), it was a bill to expand background checks. Background checks for guns. If that sounds pretty harmless, that’s because it is. If it sounds obvious and straightforward and not terribly controversial, congratulations you are part of roughly 90% of Americans who polls suggest support this bill.
So why did it die?
Well, first you have a “cowardly” group of Senators, although another term for them might be “sociopathetically pragmatic”. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) sums it up nicely in that piece:
I watch TV and read the papers like everyone else. We know what we’re going to hear: vague platitudes like “tough vote” and “complicated issue.” I was elected six times to represent southern Arizona…
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