The Pardu

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

59 Dead, 527 Hospitalized Part II (A Congressional Perspective)

Another mass killing in a country where politics is a clear facilitator.

In 1994 Bill Clinton signed The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, Assault Weapons Ban (AWB and AWB 1994). The Assault Weapons Ban, including a ban on high-capacity magazines, became defunct (expired) in September 2004 per a 10-year sunset provision. I ask who was President in 2004? Also, what was the party majority numbers in congression in 2004?


“The NRA and its supporters want easy access to weapons, while the left wants them banned. This is the price of freedom. Violent nuts are allowed to roam free until they do damage, no matter how threatening they are.” —Bill O'Reilly

The need to understand how past legislative acts facilitated a massacre with what sounded like full-automatic machine gun (assault rifle) weapons.  While most rifle fire would have covered the firing distance from the Mandala Bay to the venue, those single fire weapons could have led to the killing and wounding carnage of the weapons used by the Las Vegas killer. A distance of close to four football fields.

In April 2013, shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre, the Senate voted down a bill that would allow for tougher background checks on semi-automatic weapons. NRA and Gun industry lobbyist and stakeholders receive a major gun control victory via the US Senate procedural vote. 

As you review the following image, think in terms of financial contributions, dark money, and the NRA.

A picture gallery of Senators who voted against gun background checks.
New York Daily News

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While I did not post Pages 2 and 3, rest assured those pages are also populated with Democrats. We can also rest assured the comprehensive list will show disproportional Republican. 

In the lead portions of this piece, I asked about congressional majorities in both Houses of Congress when the AWB was allowed to expire,  You knew the answer, now didn't you?



Party standings in the 108th Congress
  48 Democratic Senators
  1 Independent Senator, caucusing with Democrats
  51 Republican Senators

U.S. Senate in the Senate Chamber (2003)
The party summary for the Senate remained the same during the entire 108th Congress.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
RepublicanDemocraticIndependentIndependence (MN)Vacant
End of previous Congress5048111000
Final voting share51%49%
Beginning of the next Congress5544101000

House of Representatives

Due to resignations and special elections, Republicans lost a net of two seats to the Democrats. All seats were filled through special elections(See Changes in membership, below.)
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
End of previous Congress22212094332
May 31, 20032284341
June 5, 20032294350
December 9, 20032284341
January 20, 20042274332
February 17, 20042064341
June 1, 20042074350
June 9, 20042064341
July 20, 20042074350
August 31, 20042264341
September 23, 20042254332
Final voting share52.0%48.0%
Non-voting members10450
Beginning of next Congress23212014341

How many times are we forced to look at the United States through the lenses of the GOP?

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