Today, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a series of amendments to address gun violence in America. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) voted in favor of proposals to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines, strengthen the nation's background check system, and reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons. He released the following statement regarding the failure of those three amendments:
"It's disappointing that, in the wake of one of the most tragic acts of gun violence in our nation's history, a group of Senators chose to block by filibuster these commonsense measures -- effectively standing with far-right groups like the NRA over gun-violence victims and their families. I was proud today to stand with the majority of Americans who support efforts to get rid of background-check loopholes and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and I will continue standing with them for as long as it takes. We must not give up."