Not Piss-Poor Enough
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.)
Now, if you were very naïve you might think this inaction was because Americans don’t support gun control. If you knew what a cowardly and inequitable chamber the Senate is, of course you would know better. Here’re the real stats:
- 83% of Americans support universal background checks.
- 56% support banning assault-style weapons.
- 53% favor a ban on high-capacity magazines.
Of course, if you’ve been following along, you won’t be surprised to know that just because 83% of Americans support background checks didn’t mean that 46 Senators, representing a paltry 37.7% of America, couldn’t block the bill.
I guess this gun bill wasn’t piss-poor enough.
The problem is the system, people. The bigger problem is noone knows how to fix that.
I think this infographic is worth reading in full: