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U.S. lawmakers are set to vote on four gun control measures in the Senate today (Monday). These proposals will be presented as amendments to the Justice Department spending bill currently under negotiation.
The scheduled votes are the result of a deal following Sen. Chris Murphy's (D-CT) 15-hour filibuster last Wednesday. Murphy's maneuver sought immediate legislative action in response to the Orlando massacre on June 12. That was when lone gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 individuals and injured 53 more when he opened fire with his Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle (an assault weapon) in a gay nightclub. Mateen had once been an FBI "person of interest" after making inflammatory statements at a contract security guard job in 2013. He had also allegedly pledged allegiance to both ISIL and Hezbollah, reported Al Jazeera on June 14.
But there are challenges both Republican and Democrat lawmakers face in passing their gun control amendments today that can all be boiled down to plain old, intractable party division.
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You see, Senate Democrats will propose two of the gun control measures; Senate Republicans will propose the other half. Each Dem proposal is expected to be blocked by GOP members, just as each GOP proposal is expected to be blocked by Dem members.
Here's a look at the four gun control measures being brought to the Senate today -- and why they're all expected to fail...
CHART: 4 Gun Control Measures in Congress
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