Earlier tonight, Senate Republicans killed not one but four pieces of gun reform legislation – and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) fired off a devastating condemnation of her spineless colleagues after the vote.
For the second time in six months, Senate Republicans defeated a bill that would prevent people on terrorist watch lists from purchasing weapons. They have sided with the blood profiteers at the National Rifle Association over the American people once again.
While they demonize American Muslims for their religion and collectively punish desperate refugees for the actions of extremists two continents away, it is the Republican Party that has been providing aid to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda by ensuring that sleeper agents or homegrown terrorists have easy access to deadly weapons. al-Qaeda’s own propaganda openly urges their followers to take advantage of our recklessly lax gun laws – but this is apparently acceptable to the NRA and the Republican Party.
Less than two weeks after a mentally unstable man who ostensibly declared his allegiance to Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) slaughtered fifty people in a nightclub, these traitorous cowards had the nerve to vote down a bill that could have saved lives if they had passed it the first time, let alone the second time.
The Republican Party no longer even pretends to represent the American people; only the lobbyists, corporations, and the ultrawealthy. We must make them pay for this betrayal when the election in November comes.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.