The senate voted Thursday 68-31 to block the filibuster the Republican filibuster on gun-control bills and re-open discussions on new gun control legislation. The vote only signals the beginning of formal discussions, and there are no guarantees that any meaningful legislation will come to pass, but 16 Republican senators voted to re-open debates and it may signal some bipartisan support in the senate.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. VA) and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey’s (R-PA) proposal yesterday, which included mandating background checks for all commercial sales of guns, is expected to be among the first amendments to be debated. One thing of note is that, according to the Washington Post, 21 of the 68 senators who voted Thursday to proceed to debate on gun control hold an A rating from the National Rifle Association, which grades lawmakers on their voting records on guns.
Does this signal a watershed moment in the gun debate? Or will putting together meaningful gun reform prove once again too difficult?
David Grant, Congressional Reporter, Christian Science Monitor