Yesterday, United States Senate failed to pass the law extending the background check requirement to most private gun sales. Although 85% to 90% of all Americans support universal background checks, and more than 50 Senators were in favor of passing the bill, a strong majority of 46 Senators defeated the bill. (According to the current Senate rules, 41 or more votes out of 100 constitute a majority). In response, visibly infuriated President Barack Obama held a press conference, calling out the National Rifle Association for “willful lies” and shaming Senators for their votes. Here are 10 reasons why Senate voted down the background checks:
1) These 46 Senators decided to go along with the NRA, because it’s usually not a good idea to antagonize a bunch of angry people with guns.
2) Guns are very important to many Americans: in rural states, guns are a way of life. And, for about 30 thousand people every year, guns are also a way of death.
3) These 46 Senators aren’t really opposed to all background checks. At least they looked favorably upon the checks handed out by the NRA in the background.
4) Senators were concerned that if stronger background check requirement will stop criminals and mentally unstable people from buying firearms, the gun sales would plummet so much that the government will have to bail out the entire gun industry.
5) They just wanted to see if they can finally get Obama to act like a stereotypical angry black man.
6) The Senate decided that it’s time to educate the American citizens about the way the government really works, and finally get the voters to stop believing in the myth that they live in a democracy.
7) Although the Constitution entitles us to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, Congress is working on a plan to cut entitlements, and right to life is one of those entitlements that they plan to cut.
8) By defeating the background check bill, Senators tried to refute the NRA’s argument that Obama is trying to take away their guns.
9) Believing that Obama was using gun violence victims as props in the gun control debate, the NRA used the Senators as props of their own.
10) Although the current gun control debate has been spurred by Sandy Hook school mass shooting in which 20 children were killed, Senators don’t really care about children, because children do not vote. Especially when they’re dead.