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October 22, 2014

Just How Dead is Gun Control?

The New York Times looks at the only two successful amendments to the gun control reform bill: “one that would address mental health care, and another that would penalize states that divulge information about gun owners except under very specific circumstances like a criminal investigation.”

“Both passed overwhelmingly, the only two gun-related measures to clear the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for passage… Despite the push from proponents of stricter gun regulations, the amendments that received the most support in two days of voting were not the ones that tightened restrictions on weapons purchases, but the ones that loosened them.”

Poisoned well: “Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, is preventing his colleagues from quickly taking up another matter because he objected when Democrats asked for a routine unanimous consent agreement to dispense with the gun bill. He said Thursday that he would not cooperate because Democrats refused to put his background check bill, which is opposed by gun control groups, up for a vote.”

  • http://twitter.com/BlueberryT1 BlueberryT

    Isn’t it true that the amendment offered by Senators Leahy and Collins to penalize gun traffickers got 58 votes in favor and 42 opposed? If so, NYT should correct their story, which gives a mistaken impression.

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