‘Their blood is on your hands’: Senate GOP incites disgust online for blocking gun bills after Orlando
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