In a vote of 68 to 31, the U.S. Senate Thursday voted to move along Senate 649 - the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 introduced by Democratic Nevada Senator, Harry Reid. But in those 31 "nay" votes, were U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi.
In a media release, Enzi says introducing a new federal law is not the answer to every problem. Speaking on the topic of the recent mass killings, he says there are harmful influences out there that cannot be legislatively removed.
The bill, if voted into law by the Senate, would enact restrictions on the purchase of firearms to include background checks for every single firearm sale. Thursday's vote was a vote on “cloture”, which aims to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end the debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.
Enzi says there is no doubt that our country can do more to help prevent senseless violence, but he says the solution should focus on the problem. And he says would-be criminals will just thwart any imposed legislative restrictions.
The Senate is expected to continue debate on Bill 649 this week.