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This is the first partial victory of the American Democrats in their fight for limiting access to arms. After 15 hours of filibuster, US Democratic senators have managed to make the Senate vote the measure known as “No-fly, no buy”,  in line with the words Obama pronounced in the aftermath of Orlando Shooting: “If you are not allowed to get on a plane, you cannot buy a gun.” FBI questioned and put Omar Mateen, the pro-Isis murder who opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando (Florida), killing 49 people, under surveillance several times for possible connections with terrorists. Despite all this, he managed to by arms.

The Democrats, who are a minority in the Senate, filibustered on Wednesday to convince their colleagues to consider the two bills. “We have reached a point when we will vote on these important amendments,” announced Senator Chris Murphy, who held a 14-hour long oratorical marathon to make the decree undergo vote. At 1.53 a.m., the Democratic senator announced his victory with a tweet: “I am proud to announce that after 14+ hours on the floor, we will have a vote on closing the terror gap” in our legislation. Murphy, who was elected in Connecticut, where a madman killed 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, leads the front that calls for better regulation of citizens’ access to firearms. “It would have been unacceptable to go on legislating for the entire week as if this ‘epidemic’ of firearm violence, which has become more real than ever, were irrelevant.”

Republicans are likely to propose their bills along similar lines. Meanwhile, the likely Republican candidate for the White House, Donald Trump – a fierce opponent of changing the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms – might vote in favor of a provision of this kind.

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