WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, the debate about gun control had been gaining strength. With more and more people asking for restriction on the purchase of ammunition, the US Senate was forced to debate about gun control yet again.
As always, both sides of the House, Republicans as well as Democrats, stuck to their own agenda and voted against the proposed measures, a move clearly highlighting the deep disconnect between lawmakers and American citizens, and the existing political dysfunction in the US Congress.
The Orlando nightclub is the worst mass shooting in US history, and the biggest terror attack on US soil since 9/11. A gunman, identified as Omar Mateen, opened fire at Pulse, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Orlando, Florida on June 12. The attack left 49 dead and injured dozens before the gunman was shot by law enforcement officials. Mateen, a US citizen, had carried out the attack in a show of support to ISIS.
With the public demanding strong legislative action in favour of gun control, four proposals were brought before the US Senate. However, Senators voted along party lines, and in the end nothing was achieved, making this effort yet another addition in the long list of failed efforts to exercise gun control in America.
Among one of the many debates, Republicans and members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), said that the proposed bills, which were put forward by Democrats, violated the constitutional right to bear arms.
Republican Senator John Cornyn said: “Our colleagues want to make this about gun control when what we should be making this about is the fight to eliminate the Islamic extremism that is the root cause for what happened in Orlando..My colleagues in many ways want to treat the symptoms without fighting the disease.”
On the other hand, Democrats made it clear that the Republican proposals were too weak.Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski said: “Why is it we would go through such incredible scrutiny to board an airplane to protect me against terrorist, and yet we have no scrutiny of the people on the terrorist watch list to be able to buy a gun?”
The only remaining hope rests on Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, who is working with Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire to draft a bipartisan compromise.
– The Global Panorama