US Senate Blocks Gun Reforms
Eight days after the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the U.S. Senate voted down a series of proposals to restrict those eligible to buy firearms and expand screening of gun purchasers.
Late Monday, Republicans blocked two proposals that Democrats championed after Islamic State-inspired shooter Omar Mateen killed 49 clubgoers and wounded 53 others just over a week ago in Orlando, Florida.
One measure would block those on a variety of federal terror watchlists, including those barred from flying, from buying guns. Another would expand mandatory background checks for firearms purchases to include gun show and Internet sales.
Both measures failed to get the three-fifths backing required to be attached as amendments to pending legislation in the Senate.
Republicans said they could not vote for any proposal that did not provide a means for those wrongly placed on the terror watchlist to contest the government’s determination, alleging the Democratic measure would deny Americans their constitutional right to bear arms without due process of law.
Jordanian Army Says Car Bomb Near Syrian Border Killed 6 Soldiers
A Jordanian army official said Tuesday a car bomb that exploded along Jordan's border with Syria killed six soldiers and wounded 14 others. The blast happened in the Rukban area where tens of thousands of people fleeing the violence in Syria have sought refuge as they try to get into Jordan.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Jordan's army said it destroyed several other vehicles that were involved, but did not provide more details.
The United Nations has already registered more than 650,000 refugees in Jordan. The nation of 8 million people is hosting many more than that and like other countries bordering Syria has struggled to cope with the added strain of providing for so many extra people. U.N. appeals for aid money have fallen far short of their goals.