Here Are All The Senators Who Blocked Gun Control — And Their Phone Numbers
Republicans in the Senate blocked four gun control measures on Monday evening.
This vote came after Senator Christopher Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, held a 15-hour filibuster last week calling for action. Murphy spoke passionately about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and six adults were killed in 2012.
In the years following that unimaginable horror, Congress passed zero gun control laws to try and stop something like that from ever happening again.
Keeping with tradition, Republicans in the Senate voted to do nothing to try and stop something unimaginably horrific like that from ever happening again.
One of the four measures was from Murphy and called for expanding background checks on gun control.
Politicians often make votes along party lines. They make their decisions based on personal beliefs. They also make their decisions based on who is giving them money and what they think will help them keep getting elected by citizens.
It often feels like we're totally helpless to make any changes since it's the politicians who are the ones in the room making final decisions.
But, there are a few things you can do. First, you can vote — in all elections, including local ones. Educate yourself on the nominees in your district and vote for who would best represent you.
Second, if you want more gun control, you can call your senator and tell him or her that you want more gun control. If your senator voted against a gun control bill and you're not happy about that, you can call his or her office up and say that.
Ninety-two percent of people support expanded background checks, according to the latest poll from CNN.
Here are all of the senators who voted against one of the measures along with their phone numbers in case, you know, you wanna give them a ring and tell them what's up.
Lamar Alexander, Tennessee (R)
Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire (R)
John Barrasso, Wyoming (R)
Roy Blunt, Missouri (R)
John Boozman, Arkansas (R)
Richard Burr, North Carolina (R)
Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia (R)
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana (R)
Daniel Coats, Indiana (R)
Thad Cochran, Mississippi (R)
Susan M. Collins, Maine (R)
Collins is working on a similar gun control measure that could be a compromise for the Senate.
Bob Corker, Tennessee (R)
John Cornyn, Texas (R)
Cornyn presented a similar but less harsh measure, which was also blocked in the Senate vote on Monday.
Tom Cotton, Arkansas (R)
Mike Crapo, Idaho (R)
Ted Cruz, Texas (R)
Steve Daines, Montana (R)
Mike Enzi, Wyoming (R)
Joni Ernst, Iowa (R)
Deb Fischer, Nebraska (R)
Jeff Flake, Arizona (R)
Flake is working on a similar gun control measure that could be a compromise for the Senate.
Cory Gardner, Colorado (R)
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina (R)
Chuck Grassley, Iowa (R)
Grassley presented a gun control measure on mental health, which was also blocked in the Senate vote on Monday.
Orrin Hatch, Utah (R)
Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota (D)
Dean Heller, Nevada (R)
John Hoeven, North Dakota (R)
James Inhofe, Oklahoma (R)
Johnny Isakson, Georgia (R)
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin (R)
James Lankford, Oklahoma (R)
Mike Lee, Utah (R)
Joe Manchin III, West Virginia (D)
John McCain, Arizona (R)
Mitch McConnell, Kentucky (R)
Jerry Moran, Kansas (R)
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska (R)
Rand Paul, Kentucky (R)
David Perdue, Georgia (R)
Rob Portman, Ohio (R)
James E. Risch, Idaho (R)
Pat Roberts, Kansas (R)
Mike Rounds, South Dakota (R)
Marco Rubio, Florida (R)
Ben Sasse, Nebraska (R)
Tim Scott, South Carolina (R)
Jeff Sessions, Alabama (R)
Richard Shelby, Alabama (R)
Daniel Sullivan, Alaska (R)
Jon Tester, Montana (D)
John Thune, South Dakota (R)
Thom Tillis, North Carolina (R)
Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania (R)
David Vitter, Louisiana (R)
Roger Wicker, Mississippi (R)
Citations: Poll: Gun control support spikes after shooting (CNN), Almost Every GOP Senator Just Voted to Keep Letting Terror Suspects Buy Guns (Mother Jones), U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress – 2nd Session (Senate), The Gun Control Proposal Congress Could Agree On (ABC News), The Senate just voted down 4 gun control proposals (Vox), Cornyn Gun Measure Fails in U.S. Senate (The Texas Tribune), Sen. Jeff Flake to introduce gun control legislation (ABC15)
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