I’m angry and upset about the defeat of the gun control legislation in the United States Senate last week. I’m reflagging this List of X blog from The Hook’s site. I think it’s worth a reblog.
Yesterday, United States Senate failed to pass the law extending the background check requirement to most private gun sales. Although 85% to 90% of all Americans support universal background checks, and more than 50 Senators were in favor of passing the bill, a strong majority of 46 Senators defeated the bill. (According to the current Senate rules, 41 or more votes out of 100 constitute a majority). In response, visibly infuriated President Barack Obama held a press conference, calling out the National Rifle Association for “willful lies” and shaming Senators for their votes. Here are 10 reasons why Senate voted down the background checks:
1) These 46 Senators decided to go along with the NRA, because it’s usually not a good idea to antagonize a bunch of angry people with guns.
2) Guns are very important to many Americans: in rural states, guns are a way of life. And…
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