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The Chamber Of Failure Never Fails To Accomplish Nothing

After grandstanding and shouts of “do something!” the Senate had four gun control options on which to vote Monday night. This was part of the brokered deal to end Sen. Chris Murphy’s filibuster following the Orlando [omitted, now restored] terror shooting.

None of them passed. Absolutely nothing was accomplished. As per usual, the Senate is back to square zero. The good news: At least the Democrats didn’t get their way.

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R) measure to add funding to the FBI’s existing National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS): FAILED 53 to 47 (needed 60 votes).
  • Sen. Chris Murphy’s expanded background checks and requirement for private sales in gun show parking lots to be subject to the checks (what Democrats call the “gun show loophole” and everyone else calls “private property” or “de-facto gun registration”): FAILED 44 to 56.
  • Sen. John Cornyn’s (R) eminently reasonable and commonsense plan to delay gun sales when a buyer pops up on a terror “watchlist” and allow prosecutors to show probable cause before a judge to block the sale (aka “The Sixth Amendment”): FAILED 53 to 47.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reanimated zombie from 2015 that would summarily block gun purchases for buyers who pop up on whatever “watchlist” the government chooses (aka “Due Process–fuhgetaboutit”): FAILED 47 to 53.

Most politics-watchers call this “gridlock” along party lines. But for the Senate, it’s what the military has for years referred to as SNAFU. Everything is copacetic on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, another ISIS terrorist is getting ready to buy a gun–somewhere–and the FBI can’t do anything because to the Obama administration, [omitted] isn’t considered important, only gun control.

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