The Senate rejected four separate gun control measures on Monday as Republicans and Democrats jockeyed for position the week after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. All four measures — two dealt with background checks and two sought to prevent people on terrorist watchlists from buying guns — were expected to fail. All four required 60 votes to move forward, and Republicans and Democrats offered dueling amendments on both issues. The National Rifle Association opposed the two Democratic measures.The climactic vote was on a measure sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would have prohibited people on terrorist watchlists from buying guns or explosives. It failed 47-53. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) was the only Democrat to vote against it. Only two Republicans backed the Feinstein amendment: Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.). Kirk is the most endangered Republican up for reelection in the Senate, and Ayotte also faces a tough race. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D), who waged a filibuster last week focused on the Feinstein measure, offered a separate amendment to expand background checks to include private firearm sales. It also failed to reach 60 votes. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Heitkamp and Jon Tester (Mont.) voted against moving forward with the proposal. Kirk supported it. Despite the legislative defeats, Democrats came away confident of a political victory. They plan to use these votes in campaign ads this fall against vulnerable Senate Republicans. The thing America needs to watch out for the next time they bring this up, is that these gun control measures came very close to passing. America for them to pass these gun control measures they only needed four more yes votes. So America we must challenge all of ourselves and each other to vote these 47 people out of power who voted for these gun control measurements, and not all of them were Democrat. America we must prevent them from getting the four votes they needed to pass, and ban those 47 senators who voted yes for this from ever serving us again by not voting for them in the next senate election.
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