You read that right. The NRA tightened up their noose on Republican Senators' necks, because after all, they bought and paid for these votes. As a consequence, Republican Senators voted to continue to allow the mentally ill, felons and suspected terrorists to buy guns.
Senate Republicans voted against barring suspected terrorists, felons and the mentally ill from getting guns on Thursday afternoon, parroting National Rifle Association arguments that doing so would strip some innocent people of their constitutional rights to gun access just a day after yet another massacre on U.S. soil.
A pair of Democratic measures - one to close background check loopholes to make it harder for felons and the mentally ill from buying guns, another to ban those on the terror watch list from buying guns - both went down in flames against near-unanimous GOP opposition.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told the Daily News that he was "aghast" that Republicans blocked the bills.
"To say it's okay for would-be terrorists to buy guns after what happened in Paris in California shows just a total disregard for public safety and a total fear of the NRA. and it's hard to believe the NRA could be so unreasonable. They're digging their own grave," he said.
Igor Volsky is already tallying the NRA's contributions to the Senators who allowed this:
Here are some of the Senators who benefitted from their largesse: