Senate Votes Down Gun Bill

At almost the exact time as yesterday's deadly school shooting in California, the Senate voted down a bill on gun control.

The House passed the bill earlier this year calling for universal background checks. It would have closed a loophole allowing guns to be bought from private sellers without a background check.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked the measure be passed by unanimous consent -- a procedural move that allows a bill to skip several steps, including debate, to pass unanimously, without senators casting an individual vote. That’s when Republican Sen.Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, argued that the bill should not be "exempt from consideration by the appropriate committee of jurisdiction” and blocked the vote.

Murphy tweeted as he was about to ask for the vote and acknowledged it was probably foolish to try. But he added "when 100 Americans are dying from gun violence every day, inaction is inexcusable."


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