Last week, I called the Senate gun bill “the most piss-poor, inadequate response imaginable”. Yet somehow, I managed to at least be optimistic that this would squeak thru.
It was a horribly weak bill, after all. It’s worth noting some of the rational, small-potatoes policies the Senate rejected this week:
- Require background checks for weapon sales at gun shows and online (widely thought to have a fighting chance).
- An assault weapons ban (never expected to pass, even though assault weapons are simply murder weapons).
- Limits on the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips (also a pipe-dream).
(The Senators did vote for a measure to withhold federal funding from states that maintain public information on gun owners. Of course.)Read on