Gun Debate Moving Forward: Filibuster Fails

Town Hall – by Heather Ginsberg

The legislation to curb gun violence is now heading to the floor of the Senate for debate after there was a lot of talk of a potential filibuster from GOP senators. The Senate voted 68 to 31 to proceed with debate on the new legislation. This will be the beginning of what many believe will be a several week argument of what kind of action to take on gun control.

Sixteen Republicans joined with 52 Democrats to approve the motion to proceed to debate. And only two Democrats joined 29 Republicans opposing the motion.  

“This bill won’t stop every madman determined to take innocent lives. Nor is this bill the only suggestion to prevent gun violence,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday morning.

“There are powerful feelings about each of these proposals — both strong support and strong opposition,” he added. “But whichever side you are on, we ought to be able to agree to engage in a thoughtful debate about these measures.”

Several Republicans said early Thursday that they would vote against proceeding with debate on the bill.

“The government should not punish or harass law-abiding citizens in the exercise of their Second Amendment rights,” Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.

The legislation under consideration, “has that focus backwards,” McConnell added.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the second-ranking Senate Republican, called the bill under consideration “a symbolic gesture” and said Congress should focus more on bolstering federal funding for mental-health programs: “We need to make sure that the mentally ill are getting the help they need, not guns.”

In a formal statement of support, the White House said Thursday that the bill contains “common-sense solutions that in no way infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and that have the strong support of the American people.”

Although the filibuster was denied, we remain hopeful that the 2nd amendment will be protected by our elected officials. Stay tuned for what happens next with this new gun bill.

3 thoughts on “Gun Debate Moving Forward: Filibuster Fails

  1. 16 Traitors on the Republican side, so far….

    Not One More Inch….

    I Pray that when they are up for reelection, someone else runs against them and WINS….. No matter if it is Adolf Hitler or Stalin….The 16 traitors need to be ousted….

    1. REELECTION huh does anybody on this site actually believe we as a nation will see ‘THE NEXT ELECTION for this gang of traitors.Will this insanity continue for another yr and a half.IMPOSSIBLE the last straw is soon to be placed on the camels back(american people) and we will be off and running towards JUSTICE DAY for the givers of misery,at least thats my “prediction”

  2. What? They are continuing with more gun legislation? I thought they were done. Isn’t the UN Small Arms Treaty, NY Safe Act, Connecticut, Colorado, Maryland and New Jersey gun laws enough? Boy they just won’t stop. Like a freight train coming through.

    Now if this was something else like gay rights being passed in one state, then they would move on to something else for awhile. But NOPE these traitors have to continue and continue and continue and when they are done with this law, they’ll make another and then another and another…….until there are ZERO guns on the street and all in the hands of the government. But that’s ok, because we all have our special lists of traitors and when the time is right, their days will be over.

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