To Do Nothing Is A Decision As Well
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Center for American Progress
Jun 15, 2016 | This morning, three days after the tragedy in Orlando, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) began a speaking filibuster on the Senate floor to honor the victims of Orlando and demand that the Senate take action to address gun violence. “I’m prepared to stand on this floor, and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns … for frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” he said. More than six hours later he remains on the floor, where he has been joined by many of his Senate Democratic colleagues.
One of the changes Sen. Murphy, along with many of his fellow Democratic Senators, is calling for is closing the terror gap, which is a loophole in our gun laws that allows suspected terrorists to legally purchase firearms. Right now in the United States, if you are considered too dangerous to buy a plane ticket, you can still buy a firearm. Suspected terrorists who are placed on a no-fly list are prevented from flying on an airplane but can still legally purchase guns. And they have.
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1,000 mass shootings in 1,260 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like, Guardian US interactive team, The Guardian
The shooting in San Bernardino with 14 victims has added to the growing number over the past three decades, but support for gun control has fallen.
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