After the failure of four gun control measures before the Senate Monday night, Sen. Ben Sasse tried to explain to followers on Twitter that the vote wasn’t about not allowing terrorists to buy guns; rather, the debate was over ceding to the Executive branch the exclusive power to decide who is and who isn’t a terrorist. Would liberals want President Trump in charge of maintaining a terrorist watch list that limited people’s right to due process?
That’s the logical explanation, at least. NBC News’ Luke Russert wants you to know that he saw victims of gun violence weeping in the lobby after the gun control measures failed to pass.
Just saw victims of gun violence who were in the gallery weeping in Senate lobby after gun control amendments failed.
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) June 20, 2016
Absolutely devastating. And unconscionable https://t.co/bgHUh35Aq3
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 21, 2016
Let’s hope those Republican senators who let the Constitution cloud their judgment feel pretty bad about themselves right about now.
— (((ChampagneKitty))) (@ChampagneKitty) June 21, 2016
— julie…dame (@vintagegoddess) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert The next time any Republican offers "thoughts and prayers" after a mass shooting, Americans need to tell them to shove it.
— Brian Perry (@BTP1960) June 20, 2016
— JB (@6nsinvt) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert how do these senators who voted no sleep at night?
— Diana Hess (@dianahess22) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert so so sorry. These elected officials have no regard for the people of this nation. All about their profits. No care for us.
— Laura St Denis (@thenurse75) June 20, 2016
— wolfonthehill (@wolfonthehill) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert We're all crying, Luke.
— Sharon E (@Xaron4) June 21, 2016
@LukeRussert not if, but when this happens again, these politicians will have blood on their hands
— Brandon Olsen (@b_randon77) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert A disgrace to all those who have died.
— Heidi McCausland (@hjs799) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert Well, the US Senate has now joined the NRA in being sponsors of domestic terrorism. All of us now should weep.
— Charles Beach (@ergoking) June 21, 2016
— IFONLYIFTHEN (@ifonlyifthen) June 20, 2016
@LukeRussert Shame on GOP who won't be happy until shootouts leave the last man standing. Guns kill; that is what they were invented for.
— karen durling (@KCDurling) June 20, 2016
— QueenOfScott (@QueenOfScott) June 21, 2016
— Uncle Mike (@MichaelPacholek) June 21, 2016
Hang on now; is reporting on people crying over legislation passing or failing a new thing? And will it be applied consistently? Maybe the system could be amended so that legislation could be vetoed by tears from the Senate gallery.
Remember when Colorado voted to allow concealed carry on campus after a rape survivor told how she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in a gun-free “safe zone”? No, wait: a state senator told her chances were her rapist would have taken her gun and used it against her. Maybe if she’d been less brave and cried more during her testimony, the media would have taken an interest in her cause.
@LukeRussert Got photos of that or should we just take your word. Please name one bill up for vote today that would have stopped Orlando
— Cheri Armstrong (@Biloximeemaw) June 21, 2016
— Susan (@susan220) June 21, 2016
@LukeRussert Think you could report two of these bills were introduced by the GOP and failed by Dem votes? No? Guess the DNC pays you enough
— (((Tami))) ✘ (@Brytani_Fla) June 21, 2016
— FLREBroker123 (@FLREBroker123) June 21, 2016
@LukeRussert The violence was not caused by the gun. It was caused by the person. I'm sorry for their losses, but the problem is the person
— Don Swanson (@26Swany) June 21, 2016
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) June 20, 2016