United States Senate at odds over gun control
Senate Democrats found a small opening in Republicans’ Obamacare repeal strategy and ripped it wide open to force votes on proposed gun regulations.
Outraged by yet another deadly mass shooting, this time in San Bernardino, California, a group of Democrats set out to make conservatives go on record against what they call “common sense” safety measures, like restricting suspected terrorists from legally purchasing firearms.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California, two Democratic stalwarts, helped lead the charge. Both described their state, and themselves, as “heartbroken” over the massacre of 14 innocent people who were killed in the middle of a holiday work party.
Police say the husband and wife attackers pulled the triggers of legally-purchased assault rifles to commit their act of atrocity.
“Again we’re talking about what Congress can do. Or, candidly, what Congress should have done years ago,” said Feinstein.
Boxer chalked up previous congressional inaction to NRA-beholden members’ “lack of courage.” She emotionally recalled her son’s best friend being gunned down in a California law office several years ago, solidifying her resolve to affect change.
“If there was any other thing killing 30,000 of our citizens a year, you know everybody would be on the floor of the United States Senate,” insisted Boxer.