Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, voted against consideration of gun legislation this morning, while colleague Sen. Claire McCaskill voted for the debate.
Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts said some time ago that they would filibuster the gun proposals, and voted to do so Thursday as well.
Blunt continues to argue against gun limits, instead insisting mental health treatment should be improved.
“Sen. Reid’s bill would not prevent tragedies like those that took place in Newtown, Aurora, or Tucson,” Blunt said in a news release. “Instead, this bill would blatantly restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights, places unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens, and would do little to nothing to improve public safety.”
In a teleconference with Missouri reporters Wednesday, Blunt was asked if he would filibuster the gun compromise.
He declined to answer yes or no, but said: “I am generally of the view that it’s better to debate the bill than not, but whether this bill is going to be fairly brought to the floor has yet to be seen.”
Blunt also repeated his opposition to gun limits because they wouldn’t prevent Sandy Hook-like massacres. He was then asked what evidence he had that mental health counseling would have prevented Adam Lanza from getting guns and killing students at the school.
“I think there are a number of ways you could have hoped that would have happened,” Blunt said.