Senate set to vote on 4 gun control measures, none expected to pass

by  |  published on June 20, 2016

A week after the Orlando terror massacre, U.S. lawmakers will bring a set of dueling gun control measures to the Senate floor Monday — and all are expected to fail.

The scheduled votes on four separate bills address changes to the background check system as well as restrictions on gun sales for those on terror watch lists, among other areas.

The votes come after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., 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.

But since lawmakers were unable to come together on a piece of compromise legislation, the individual bills face long odds. Democrats are expected to block two Republican amendments, arguing that they fall short in controlling the sales of firearms. In turn, Republicans are certain to block two Democratic amendments, contending they threaten the constitutional rights of gun owners.

Murphy said on ABC’s “The Week” that the passage of the measures was unlikely and focused on the response to the filibuster.

  • justinwachin

    This is a perfect example of why nothing gets done in Washington. These guys are more interested in scoring points for the next election than coming up with what is good for America. Rather than engaging in the filibuster stunt, the senators should have seen where they can find common ground. They should have allowed people to make the case for their concerns.

    I think most people wants to prevent mass murderers like this loser Mateen from getting guns, but people have a legitimate concern about the law’s effects of preventing law abiding citizens from purchasing a gun. With 100 senators I can’t believe that someone couldn’t come up with wording that would satisfy the concerns of people on both sides of this issue.

    In a few weeks we will celebrate Independence Day. Our forefathers had conflicting ideas about how this new country should be established. Rather than grandstand they debated, discussed and looked for ways to resolve the differences. The same could happen today if these politicians were willing to end their grandstanding and stop taking cheap political shots at each other. Once again a lot of time was wasted on Capitol Hill and nothing was accomplished.

  • snowyriver

    Take note of The votes.. “gun control” is against our Constitution and all that vote for it are breaking their Congressional vows, to defend our Constitution.

  • itsfun

    Can anyone tell me which of the bills the terrorists and thugs would obey? Does Obama think they won’t get all the weapons they want on the black market? Obama would rather punish law abiding tax paying legal American citizens then he would stop terrorists.

    • Wayne_63

      This is what Hitler did in Germany and look where that went!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • itsfun

        Obama and Hillary are both on the same page that Hitler was on. They just want to start with taking what they call assault weapons, then it will be rifles, then shotguns, then handguns.


    Great, love the gridlock. these buffoons can’t find their own a$$es with both hands and a flashlight, anyway, let alone protect us.

    • Worried Vet

      They want to disarm us. Then they can control the sheep.

    • jetforshort

      Now that was definitely enlightening! How does a comment like that contribute to the body of knowledge? The second amendment was debated, written and passed at a time when the primary concern was to allow citizens the right to defend themselves, their homes and their families. When our forefathers thoughtfully debated, conceived, wrote and passed the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and it’s amendments— weapons of mass destruction were not on the table. Please can’t we join together to post ideas and try to learn from each other?? These sarcastic comments serve no purpose except to implant more apathy.
      I just had a long discussion today with someone familiar with the Willow Grove Air Base ( currently closed…. but houses “drones” ). These drones are apparently nocturnal and have scattered flying schedules. I’m thinking “codes??” Also, this is apparently our government spying on us! They are quiet and have the ability to hover in one spot ( I don’t know for how long).

  • DaveM

    Does anyone understand the second amendment? “Shall not be infringed…”

    You are not educated if you fail to understand this fact!

  • Ramon1710 .

    Gee, I wonder which way my non-representative idiots from the Demoncrat party will vote…liberty or communistic self-interest.

  • David Stewart

    The vote is unimportant; the muslim in the oval office has a pen and a phone.He has vetoed every single bill passed for our benefit, and, by dictatorial fiat, made laws that go against the will of the people. This must stop!


    They had better not screw up this vote on guns. If they do they are doomed.

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