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Minority of useless undemocratic legislative body blocks modest gun control legislation

A minority of senators voted against a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales -- a proposal that was widely acknowledged to fall well short of the sort of gun control necessary to actually curb America's shocking amount of gun crime, but one that was also determined to be the strongest possible measure with any hope of passing Congress -- and that minority "won" the vote, because the Senate has weird made-up nonsense rules. Four Democratic senators, from some of America's least populous states, voted with the winning minority.

Those Democrats were Heidi Heitkamp (N.D. -- a state that should not be a separate state from South Dakota), Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (big icy pool of oil by Canada) and Mark Pryor (Ark.). Baucus, Begich and Pryor are up for reelectiion next year. Heitkamp's excuse is that the entire population of her state is old white gun nuts. Liberals may call for those senators to be punished. Democrats will respond, correctly, that if those senators lose primaries to more liberal candidates, Republicans will win those seats.  The correct response, as always, is to eliminate the U.S. Senate.

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