Sixty Reasons Why It Keeps Happening

After Sandy Hook, the U.S. Senate took up a bill banning assault weapons. It failed.


On April 17, 2013, four months after Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle and shot to death twenty schoolchildren and six adult staff members, the U.S. Senate voted on S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. Forty members of the Senate voted in favor of banning the importation, possession, sale, or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons. Sixty members voted against the ban; here are their names: