After many of them sent “thoughts and prayers” toward the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando last week, Senate Republicans cast enough votes against a group of gun safety bills on Monday — including two proposals from within their own party — to prevent them from moving forward.
The move, while perhaps not surprising, still angered many Twitter users who supported the measures, which included expanded background checks and a ban on gun sales to individuals on terrorism watch lists.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who accused Democrats of trying to “craft the next 30-second campaign ad,” came under particular criticism, while other users took the moment as a call to vote the Kentucky lawmaker and his colleagues out for their actions on Monday.
— Bett1230 (@bett1230) June 20, 2016
@SenateMajLdr Lifetime Republican here. What is keeping the GOP from passing a bill that keeps ppl on a no fly list from buying guns??
— Kevin Herron (@hawkvet08) June 20, 2016
So are we just supposed to WAIT for the next mass shooting? Show me a political system that I can believe in. Please. At least #disarmhate.
— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) June 20, 2016
So what exactly is the magic number of people who have to die in a mass shooting before our leaders really give a shit? #DisarmHate
— MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) June 20, 2016
Anyone who tells you that Senate Republicans are representing the will of the people are truly, truly naive/gullible/dishonest. #guncontrol
— Alan Smyth (@AlanGSmyth) June 20, 2016
The Senate is overrun with Republicans who don't care what Americans want. Time to vote them out.
— Alec Thomas (@PixyPixl) June 20, 2016
— Jamie R. (@JamierStL) June 20, 2016
— James P Sheffield (@JayShef) June 20, 2016
Keep seeing people upset that the senate rejected a gun control bill. The GOP is OWNED by the gun lobby why would it pass? lol Now go vote
— Wes Nemo (@NemohhTv) June 20, 2016
Republicans proved today that they are SOFT on terror. #DisarmHate
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) June 20, 2016