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Obama Condemns Senators After Defeat of Background Checks Plan

Obama Condemns Senators After Defeat of Background Checks Plan

86 percent of Americans are in favor of expanded background checks on guns. But on Wednesday, the Senate failed to pass a bipartisan plan by a vote of 54-46, just six short of the votes needed to clear the chamber.

Four Democrats voted against the plan. Three –Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — are from red states and up for re-election. Sen.Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota is not up for re-election but still voted against the bill, even afterWhite House chief of staff Denis McDonough visited her on Tuesday.

After the bill was blocked,Patricia Maisch, who survived the 2011 Arizona shootings that killed six and severely injured former Rep. Gabby Giffords, shouted “shame on you!” from the Senate gallery. The mother of one of those killed, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, expressed shock, saying “Im very disappointed. It should just be common sense. Well all be back; were going to keep fighting.”

A “visibly angry” President Obama, who had put his every effort behind the issue, was swift tocondemn the Senate, saying that ”this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.” In a speech afterwards at the Rose Garden, the President did not hold back from speaking out against the NRA and other groups who had “lied” and offered “no coherent arguments” against the Manchin-Toomey background check amendment. Beside him stood Giffords as well as the parents of children killed in the shootings in Newtown.

Arguing that the proposal violated the rights of Americans to bear arms, gun rights groups including the NRA had vowed to defeat any senator who voted for it. NRA official Chris Cox spoke of how the amendment “would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens.” Cox also asserted that “expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.”

That is what the NRA and gun rights supporters think. It is the narrative that “violence is best addressed with violence” that helped to defeat the proposal to expand background checks.

But the reality is that 26 people, most young children, died at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December; that a female politician’s political career has been stopped in its tracks; that a 4-year-old killed a 6-year-old last week in New Jersey. The reality is that guns kill — and we, therefore, need far tighter gun laws.

In his speech after the defeat of the bill, Obama stated that “this effort is not over.” Clearly there is a very uphill and ugly fight ahead for him and all those who support far more stringent gun control rules. One look at the faces of the parents from Newtown reminds us why we’re more than ready for a long, long effort to create such laws.

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8:11PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

AND TO ALL THE HATERS OF AMERICA POSTING HERE .... GO BACK TO THE PLACE THAT YOU CRAWLED HERE FROM. . . BE IT A ROCK OR ANOTHER FOREIGN LAND. WHERE IS THE PATRIOTISM WE ARE KNOWN FOR? SICK OF THE BITCHING WHEN OTHERS ATTEMPT TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINION... YOU EMBARRASS ME

8:09PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

I am very much all about keeping my gun rights. I also agree with making it tougher for "some" to obtain a gun license...BUT REALLY~ REALLY DOES A LICENSE STOP A MADMAN FROM GETTING A GUN? DOES A LICENSE STOP SENSELESS KILLING? NOT EXACTLY FOLK. I know Massachusetts has tough gun laws but often they don't hold those accountable (criminals) who are caught using a weapon as strongly as they could. Maybe we should go back to an eye for an eye type of judicial system. I know I won't have a problem, I don't do stupid things to others. . . just a thought it may cut down on violence which is what spurred the entire BILL

10:32AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Yes Mary, I had to have trauma nursing courses because I was triage nurse at a large hospital for over 5 years & occassionally went to the scenes of accidents, fires, etc. & as you are aware all disciplnes are coordinated to work together, these people all know their part & I was glad for their training & expertise although police here aren't as trigger happy. It is when citizens try to show bravado & do stupid stuff that things go astray. As I said earlier, in 40 years of working with police & front line providers, I never saw a gun drawn even the couple of times when suspects were armed. One female officer did shoot an attacker when he came at her with an axe. I was training a student that day & we thought we would have some exciting experience for her but the perp was shot in the ass. Interestingly enough I never in all those years became hyserical (from Greek hystericus, a typical misogynistic expression pertaining to the "weaker" sex). I was too busy doing what I was trained to do. I also talked a psych patient into handing over a gun once. Scared the shit out of me but had I confronted him in kind I could have been dead.

9:14AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Grazie dell'articolo.

7:09AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Mary, my comments to Marc were directed toward his criticism of everyone who managed this awful event.

Conspiracy theories and Obama critics are coming out from their ratholes to complain about everyone and everything involved here, particularly law enforcement and government..



THAT is what I meant.

9:43PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

What wrong in this picture !!

7:54PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

James and Pam......The funny part of all this is that as a nurse, we DO have disaster training......Linda M. I'm sure does too and Teresa......we train in a general way then specifically depending on if we are close to an airport or water (Tsunami as we are coastal) or any number of other scenarios...I honestly am amazed at some of the attitudes here.

7:15PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

from HuffPo

Former Sen. Al D'Amato (R-N.Y.) had some harsh remarks for lawmakers who voted against a gun-buyer background check bill earlier this week, saying he thinks "you've got to be a jackass" to not support background checks.

At an event for Republican Dina DeGiorgio, who is running for town supervisor in North Hempstead, New York, D'Amato said he was disappointed in his party over the vote, Patch reports.

"By the way, I'm a Republican. I'm not always very proud of what our party has been doing, particularly lately on the national level," D'Amato said. "I think you've got to be a jackass to be voting against background checks for people buying guns."

7:06PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Marc...do you pretend to have RIOT CONTROL training?

Are you a LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER?

Have you specialized FBI training?

Are you an EXPERT in TERRORISM?

Do you have special INTERDEPARTMENTAL TRAINING FOR COORDINATION IN DISASTER SITUATIONS?

No?

Then why would you POSSIBLY try to criticize those who HAVE this training....especially since YOU WERE NOT THERE!

You remind me very much of those hysterical people who condemn police officers when animals are shot killed during apprehension.

INSTANT EXPERT! RIGHT! THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE! Uh, HUH!

7:00PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Mary, I believe you are right, Marc cannot possible be sane, if he believes his own propaganda. Maybe it is cocktail time where he lives.


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