It was a jolly week in the United States of the National Rifle Association.
In Washington, the Senate couldn’t find the votes on Wednesday even to have a vote on several anti-crime bills related to firearms. This may be a democracy, but in the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest deliberative body” the majority doesn’t rule. A minority — 46, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — kept the Senate from voting on expanded background checks for firearms purchases, a change that would apply to Internet and gun show sales and is favored by more than 90 percent of all Americans, a large majority of gun owners and most NRA members. As President Barack Obama fumed on Wednesday, “Most Americans think that’s already the law.”
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