Senate Rejects Mandatory Background Checks & Fails 90 Percent of Americans

Gun billThis has been a truly heartbreaking and difficult week in the news, and yesterday's vote in the Senate to decline the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey bill that would have extended background checks to gun shows and Internet sales was another blow. Though the bill got 54 votes, it wasn't enough to avoid filibuster and so it died. A law that 90 percent of Americans support, a no brainer law, a simple, obvious thing that most people think is law anyway, died because our Senate Republicans are bought and paid for by the NRA.

The word "despicable" doesn't even begin to do it justice.

As a person who supported the bill and supports better gun control, I am disgusted. But as an American, I am absolutely horrified. This wasn't a controversial bill. This wasn't something a lot of people were against. It has 90 PERCENT support. And it still died. What is wrong with this picture?

Naturally, people are outraged. Former representative Gabby Giffords, who knows gun violence better than anyone, wrote a scathing piece in The New York Times yesterday. She said:

Mark my words: if we cannot make our communities safer with the Congress we have now, we will use every means available to make sure we have a different Congress, one that puts communities’ interests ahead of the gun lobby’s. To do nothing while others are in danger is not the American way.

Even President Barack Obama took a break from his usual composed behavior and truly showed his anger, calling it a "shameful day." And shameful it is. 

If our senators can look into the eyes of those devastated Newtown parents and STILL vote to filibuster this thing, if our senators can ignore the thoughts of the people in favor of the feelings of the NRA gun lobby, then we need new senators.

Would it have stopped Newtown? Probably not. But it may stop another senseless tragedy, and we owe it to each and every one of those babies who were killed to try to make this world safer for the children who come after them. If we can't even do that, then what have we come to as a nation?

I am disturbed and horrified. If you are, too, there are things we can do. Every single one of us should call or write to our senators and say how we feel. Demand Action has an easy way to do that and will also tell you how your senators voted. You can also tweet at each and every senator who voted no with this handy list from Huffington Post.

In case you need to know how your senator voted, there is a handy roll call right here. Don't take this standing down. Fight back. This is not OK. If you don't want to do it for our country, then do it for each of those poor babies in Newtown. I hope their sweet, gap-toothed smiles haunt every single senator who voted against this. Their cowardice will be remembered.

Does this make you angry?


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mande... manderspanders

I'd like to know where the 90% comes from?

Fact of the matter is that people who use guns to commit crimes will obtain that gun illegally anyway. Background checks can't prevent that.

The knee-jerk reaction needs to end.

Perhaps we need to ban knives, bombs, bomb making materials (similar to household substances for making meth), etc etc.

The fact of the matter is that no one will ever be 100% safe; and throwing our personal liberties under the bus makes neither safer nor free-er.  There will be always be crazies who do crazy things; you want to prevent the crimes, then society needs to get its act together with families, morals, mental health care, etc.

nonmember avatar Tiphanie

Do you understand that it was the gun registry that they were trying to tack on to the background check law that caused it to fail in the Senate? I am all for better background checks, but I am not for having to register my guns, than anyone would be able to find out what I do or do not own.

LostS... LostSoul88

No point in being angry about tsomething you can't change. Are you reallu shocked? I mean come on. The senate is the one that vote to have millions of dollars cut from education and yet they got a 3% raise. They don't give a shit about the American people. 

nonmember avatar EM

I thought the Senate was Democrat controlled? How then is it due to Republicans that this bill died? And more importantly, how would this bill have prevented Newtown? If my facts are correct, Adam Lanza obtained the guns from his mother. I thought he was denied when he tried to purchase guns himself? So to parade around the victims of Newtown as though this law would have prevented it is disingenuous.

bela516 bela516

Please state your source for the 90% statistic.  It just makes you look ridiculous and makes me tune out everything you say when you spout an obviously made up number to support your view.  *smh*

BabyL... BabyLadyG12

If you click the HuffPo link, it mentions the 90% and links to the Washington Post which shows where the number came from.

I am at a loss as to why background checks are objectionable.  To adopt a cat or dog you ned a background check (even from buses from animal shelters).  Why should it be easier to get a gun?

fave82 fave82

A few of your precious Democrats voted it down as well.

fave82 fave82

A few of your precious Democrats voted it down as well.

nonmember avatar Shandeigh

Criminals don't really submit to background checks. They should be making stricter punishments for the criminals who use and steal guns. And stricter punishments for irresponsible gun owners. Leave the responsible gun owners alone.

Halfa... Halfadozmom

Well, me and almost every person I know and am friends with are in the 10%. Seriously, I would be hard pressed to find someone in the 90%. Outlawing /background checking etc guns will not, repeat NOT stop gun crimes.

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