Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Another setback on gun control

In Orlando, they continue to bury the dead.

In Washington, they are burying gun control legislation.

I'm not the least bit surprised.

We lost 49 lives when a madman armed with a semi-automatic rifle and handgun invaded the Pulse nightclub.

It was horror, in the flesh.

But it still was not enough to move our elected leaders to take action on reasonable gun control legislation.

Last night four different measures got voted down in the Senate, for the most part along party lines.

Our Pennsylvania senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, voted on party lines.

Toomey, who finds himself increasingly in the spotlight as he faces a tough re-election fight in November in a state that has increasingly tilted Democratic in statewide races, was not surprised at the result.

He believes the measures are flawed and is preparing his own legislation.

I'm inclined to give Toomey some leeway on the issue of guns. In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, he put his backside on the line by reaching across the aisle and joining West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin in a proposal to beef up background checks.

It failed.

Yes, after the slaughter of innocents, it failed.

I'm not surprised that the same fate befell those bills Monday night.

I don't know why anyone would.

That is what we do in this country.

We are horrified at another mass shooting.

We beg for action on guns.

We watch as nothing gets done.

Then we wait for it all to happen again.

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