Tuesday, December 1: Republicans in the House block the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill that would have banned people on the FBI's no-fly list from buying firearms and explosives.
Wednesday, December 2: Fourteen people die in a mass shooting in San Bernardino. Washington sends "Our thoughts and prayers are with you" messages to victims' families.
Thursday, December 3: Republicans in the Senate defeat a bill similar to the House's Dangerous Terrorists Act. A half-hour later, Republicans rack up more NRA brownie points by defeating another gun bill, this the long-awaited, bipartisan, Manchin-Toomey bill that would have expanded background checks for all gun buyers.
"Your 'thoughts' should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your 'prayers' should be for forgiveness if you do nothing again."
(Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut, whose district includes Newtown where 20 children and 6 adults died on December 14, 2012.)