It is heartbreaking to hear about lives lost at the hands of people (mentally ill or not) with guns.
What adds salt to the wound is that I believe some of the deadliest shootings could have been prevented. The current issue is about passing a bill that would extend the background checks to bar mentally ill people from buying firearms, and allow the government to keep more thorough records of private gun sales. The opposing side is threatening to block the bill if the contents infringe upon amendment rights.
Whether or not people believe in more or less gun control, I believe the Senate is taking too long in ratifying a measure that would at least make an attempt to protect Americans.
Because 20 percent of gun sales are private and the inclusion of some records are not enforced in the current criminal background system (mainly addressing mental health), some individuals slip through the cracks and buy a gun. The background system still denies 2 percent of all background checks, but as the gun debate is continued to be dragged out, how many more guns will fall into the wrong hands and more victims will be plastered on the news? Both sides have yet to even see the actual contents of the bill.
Bills sometimes take days or years to pass. In the Senate, debate is unlimited unless a motion to end the filibuster is invoked and requires a vote by three-fifths by the full Senate. Do we have time for this?