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Shame on all 45 Senators--including 4 Democrats--who just voted against requiring background checks for gun purchases--something 90% of Americans support.

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Diane O (194)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:13 pm
Obama's own democrats didn't vote for it. That's telling....

Arielle S (313)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:07 pm
Four Dems didn't vote for it...obviously, they owe their loyalty to the NRA. Obviously, they didn't have little kids shot full of bullet holes either.

Diane O (194)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:15 pm
Check out doesn't work.

Animae C (516)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:29 pm
Is the US senate aware of all the gun killings occuring in the US?!

David C (29)
Friday April 19, 2013, 11:35 pm
Diane as always you just put oneside, you forget that six Republicans voted FOR this bill and said sorry to the people of the US after.
John McCain The Arizona senator, who has enjoyed a favorable rating among gun groups throughout his career, was one of just six Republicans who voted for the background check measure. He said he didn't know why the majority of his party voted to kill it.

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:25 am
I would like to Thank My Senator Joe Manchin for trying hard to get this passed. What a let down.

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:51 am
My point, David, was to point out that even Obama's own democrats didn't vote for this. I was clear in what I posted. It would be valuable for you to do some research on the crime in Chicago. They have strict gun laws there and that hasn't made any difference in the soaring crime in that city.

Background checks are a total waste of time. If a deranged individual wants to go on a shooting spree they can get a gun on their own from other sources. It's the good and decent majority of Americans who own guns who are the ones being attacked by this bill. John McCain or any other republican is free to decide for themselves which bills they vote for.

Bottom line is that it doesn't matter which republicans or democrats voted for it. It failed for a reason. Obama has been hard pressed to get anything he supports passed. Even Obamacare is dead in the water due to the ever rising cost of it. The $860 billion stimulus loaded with hand picked green companies all went bankrupt. Obama isn't a leader. He is incompetent. For him to stand before the American people and tell them "shame on you" is beyond belief. He failed to make a winning case for background checks because background checks in no way prevent people from getting a gun.

Autumn S (151)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:35 am
signed and noted

Angelika R (143)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:09 am
" For him to stand before the American people and tell them "shame on you" is beyond belief."
Diane did you dream this up? Obama knows quite well that over 90% of Americans and even about 70% of NRA members WANT these background checks, so how could he have put shame on THEM!
Except for you, everyone knows whom he was addressing.

Ann K (112)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:37 am
How insane! I have to show id when purchasing Claritan D.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:27 am
Diane, we all know you are an Obamaphobe - I'm not sure why as this President makes the last one look like the back end of a baboon. The President has had a LOT to deal with - he has handled it all with much more dignity, intelligence, and class than I ever could have. When our *representatives* don't truly represent us, it is indeed shame on them. Shame on them for putting party before people, shame on them for selling their souls to the NRA and gun manufacturers, shame on them for looking bereft parents in the eye and saying, "tough". 90% of the Dems voted for what 90% of the people wanted - 90% of the GOP did not.

Ben O (171)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:09 am

David C (29)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:26 am
Diane did you dream this up?

No Fox News and the NRA did, and as always poor Diane falls for it, then jumps on here trying to make us fall for it.

Ben O (171)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:34 am
I also signed the Care2 petition:
32,600 signatures so far...

Angelika R (143)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:00 am
SPECIAL THANKS TO BEN! They need to drown in petitions- although we know it will not impress them the least.
We've already heard some suggest that the entire subject of gun control "is over", will in all likelihood not be picked up again until next election,- if ever at all!
Message to the world: Politics and money matter more than human lives... USA we hear you.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:20 am

If this is a republic that is based on elected representation than what 90% of the American people, no matter what party affiliation want, should stand up in a vote. In the real world, 51 of 100, is a majority, and even in the not so distant past of the Senate, 51 has stood the test of time.

For those who ride the crazy train of government conspiracies even 100 of 100 voting would be somehow a rigged vote. Enjoy the fantasy. This is not about Obama or left/right politics, this is about public safety and trying to keep convicted criminals and diagnosed mental patients from buying a gun.

The life you save, might just be your own.

*Thank you for speaking out. We'll send your signature to the Senate -Signed and tweeted.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:22 am

Just for some FACTS here, the vote was 54 FOR and 46 against....with only 4 democrats voting nay.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:23 am

To the petition posted by Ben:

Kit, You signed on April 17, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
U.S. Senate

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:30 am

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment's intended scope. On the one hand, some believe that the Amendment's phrase "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" creates an individual constitutional right for citizens of the United States. Under this "individual right theory," the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional. On the other hand, some scholars point to the prefatory language "a well regulated Militia" to argue that the Framers intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state's right to self-defense. Scholars have come to call this theory "the collective rights theory." A collective rights theory of the Second Amendment asserts that citizens do not have an individual right to possess guns and that local, state, and federal legislative bodies therefore possess the authority to regulate firearms without implicating a constitutional right.

It seems logical that a group of men that had just come through a massive war that depended on each individual having his own weapon, might consider it necessary to add that language. If their intent was that all Americans should own an armory of weapons, I believe that the founding fathers would have included that language.


Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:13 am

Your point Diane is made clear by the fact that even in a place like Chicago or NYC with very strict gun laws; guns can be and are purchased in closely neighboring states and brought in by straw men that never have to succumb to any form of back ground check. Therefore, you made the argument for stricter gun laws.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:08 pm
I don't understand the whole debate in the first place, wouldn't background checks be perfectly described by "well regulated"?
The outcome of this voting (why on earth 60 needed for THIS?) looks as if they had to vote on the original proposal and NOT on this version, totally stripped of meaningful bans, which makes it all the more ridiculous and shameful.

Jerry B (128)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:50 pm
Noted and Signed ..thanks Angelika!

Debra Holliday (38)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:51 pm
GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE -- PEOPLE DO! so there needs to be background checks, but what everyone was concerned in this bill was that it would have made it a criminal act for something like my brother giving a family heirloom rifle to my sister. IN other words, it would be against good citizens.

Every one of those Senators wants some kind of gun control and definitely background checks, but the bill has to be more specific so that common good people can still own guns. Let them rewrite the bill so ordinary good people don't have their 2nd Amendment Rights taken away form them.

Let's not go down the path that the Germans went down with Hitler when he confiscated all the guns of the people then started murdering them. When gov't has too much control, the people will live under tyranny. Let's keep America free and start working on the mentally ill that do these acts of violence!

Debra Holliday (38)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:07 pm
What's next? Since a couple of Rice Cookers were used as bombs in Boston this week, will we all have to give up our Rice Cookers or have a background check for those? Just sayin.........

Ann K (112)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:41 pm
An average of 86 people die from guns per day in the U.S. I don't think the rice cooker number is that high.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:03 pm

No Debra the bill was quite the opposite of your contention here. It exempted from background checks all personal or inter-family gun sales and only addressed those sold on the Internet. This was gun control LIGHT, at best. Though you completely surrendered your argument when you brought Hitler into the discussion.

Every gun sold should be subject to a complete back ground check and each of those should remain on the books, another point this bill intentionally left out. We are attempting to end those sales by "straw men" that buy guns in one state or in one county and move them for illegal sale into another state or county.

Australia didn't tolerate this silly child-like nonsense. After their last (and it was their last) mass killing they instituted a complete gun reform within two weeks.

American child-like attitudes and their gun obsession, it would be funny if it didn't lead to 85 deaths a day by guns.

Arielle S (313)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:11 pm
Kit is right, Debra - you bought into the NRA propaganda. The NRA knows that all they have to do is make you *think* someone will take your guns and that's all you ever hear - As terrible as the Boston bombs were, they killed three people - guns kills 85 every day. Keep your rice cooker and your gun - just vote for a little gun safety!

David C (29)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:36 pm
As a lot of people know I live in the UK, over here there is a complete back ground check on anyone that wishes to own a weapon,the number of people kill by small arms per year is less that killed in the US a day, by the way using a knife will put you jail for 15 years,if you kill with a knife you go inside for 25 years.
You cannot buy a gun or a knife or a gun at shows or on the internet! The police have every address when a gun is, the gun must be locked away in a gun safe when not in use.
Do I feel safe walking the streets at night, you bet I do.

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:53 pm
Unfortunately, the mass shootings at schools over the past decade got into the hands of those who simply stole a gun from their parents or from a neighbor or they went to an area in town where they knew they could pick up a stolen gun for $100.00. Then they trotted off to an ammo store and loaded up and took their deranged minds to their target and murdered innocent people. They didn't have a background check did they? No, of course not, because they never purchased a gun so if we had mandatory background checks it would not have prevented the horrendous and senseless school murders.

This is why this bill didn't pass. Chicago has perhaps the strictest gun laws along with Washington DC and the crime rate perpetuated by the use of stolen guns is enormous and there's nothing these cities can do to prevent it.

Yes, it would be nice to have every gun owner registered as having ownership of firearms but at the beginning of every day and at the end of every day the vast majority of Americans would not be out shooting people. Guns in the hands of responsible Americans is not the issue here. So, making it mandatory for everyone to have a background check is simply a waste of time and money. If I thought it prevent future murders I'd be on board with it however common sense tells me that a mentally deranged personality will chart their path towards finding exactly what they need to carry out the deed whether it is a gun, a bomb, arson or a steel pipe it will kill and/or disable someone.

This is purely political and the politicians are thumping their chests thinking no matter which way they position themselves it will help them get their party elected in 2014 and 2016. This is kindergarten 101.

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:05 pm
Additionally, I believe President Obama finds himself in severe desperation mode because nothing he has leaned into politically has worked. His own democrats shot down his first budget. Obamacare is like a loose cannon with an ever growing price tag and Americans will need a manual to figure out what it all means and will more than likely not be able to afford it. Next, it was gay marriage. Now it is gun control. In New York it was big gulp sodas being banned. So, what's next? Will the tree huggers push for limited toilet tissue in each home to save the trees? And, what happened to the global warming threats? Suddenly it died politically so that must mean global warming just went away.

Our government is on steroids with our money and they have the audacity to think that they know what is best for the American people. Nex thing you know an elected liberal president will decide that each family can only produce two children so that they won't be a burden on society after medicare and social security have been depleted due to a "nanny state" America.

I don't want big government in my life and I don't want it in my children and grandchildren's lives. The government is an employee of the American people and we pay them a salary to run the country, balance the budget and maintain fiscal responsibility. We also expect them to maintain a strong military so that we can protect America from attack. We also expect our government to uphold the immigration laws so that people who slip into our country without the proper paperwork are picked up and deported. Want to become an American citizen? Then do the paperwork and we will welcome you with opened arms because we can use the tax revenue.

After reading all of the comments above, I have to shake my head because I know there are intelligent liberals in our country. I just keep wondering where they are. Background checks will not prevent murders. Once again, use Chicago and Washington DC as your examples of strict gun laws. They simply don't work.

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:12 pm
England and Wales has one of the worst crime rates among developed nations for rapes, burglaries and robberies, a major report has found.

By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
7:00AM BST 03 Aug 2010

However, offenders are locked up for shorter periods than in comparable countries – raising questions about claims made by Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, that too many criminals were being jailed.

The study found that England and Wales ranked highly in a survey of crime rates among more than 30 developed counries, based on the frequency of crimes recorded by police for every 100,000 people.

For burglaries and robberies England and Wales had more crimes per 100,000 people than the USA.

England and Wales was ranked sixth for burglaries – worse than Sweden, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy and Chile - and for robberies, England and Wales was seventh.

For rapes, England and Wales was ranked ninth, worse than the likes of Norway, Poland, Sweden, Australia and Germany, while for car thefts, England and Wales was eighth – worse than Slovenia, Chile, Mexico, Greece and the Czech Republic.

The figures, from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, draw together crimes recorded by police in the countries studied and is published every six years.

They date from 2006 because of difficulties in obtaining accurate comparable figures.

Civitas said, where possible, it had cross-checked with more recent pan-European figures, and the rates were broadly the same.

Among two other measures, England and Wales fared better, being ranked 16th out of 35 countries for “intentional homicides” and 19th for major assaults.

David Green, Civitas’s director, said: “England and Wales are high-crime societies compared with other developed nations. We have a lot of crime compared with other similar countries.

“Random checks of later figures for individual nations show that the ranking has not changed significantly. "

Mr Green said further analysis had shown that England and Wales had a low “punitivity ratio” compared with other countries because shorter sentences were being handed down by judges.

The ratio is calculated by contrasting the number of people convicted in a year per 100,000 population with the number of prisoners in jail as a result of a court sentence per 100,000 population.

In a speech in June, Mr Clarke had said that the debate on criminal justice had to move on from the “numbers game” of measuring the effectiveness of policies solely according to the prison population.

But Mr Green said: “Mr Clarke said he thought our system was too punitive, but the report also allows us to test the theory that our system is especially severe.

"The score for England and Wales, contrary to the claims of Kenneth Clarke, is low. The claim that our criminal-justice policies are punitive is not, therefore, supported by the best available evidence.”

A Home Office spokesman said last night: "This data is now more than four years old, but highlights that we have a high level of crime compared to other countries.

"This backs up the perceptions of many communities who have real concerns about stubbornly high level of serious crimes.

"This Government will reform the police to make them more accountable to their communities and cut bureaucracy to get officers onto the beat and fighting crime."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:‬‪ ‬‪"Between 1995 and 2009, the prison population in England and Wales grew by 32,500 or 66 per cent. But this rise has not had a comparative effect either on public confidence in the criminal justice system, or on reoffending.

"Nearly half of all offenders sent to prison are reconvicted within a year of release, creating a revolving door of crime.

"The Government will tackle this by conducting a full assessment of sentencing and rehabilitation policy to ensure that it is effective in deterring crime, protecting the public, punishing offenders and cutting re-offending.

“The Government is committed to intelligent sentencing which ensures appropriate punishment, rehabilitation and the protection of the public."

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:14 pm
There were many links to support the high crime rate in England. I chose this one. If anyone is interested do the research and you'll find many articles to support the one I posted.

See what I mean? Criminals will always find a way to get a gun. They simply go around the block and buy one.

James Maynard (84)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:38 pm
Thanks Angelika. What an august body of mental

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:48 pm
James, I agree, but I wouldn't go so far as to call them mental midgets. I would simply refer to them as now doing their due diligence when it comes to researching the people who get guns on the black market or steal them. These are the people who kill....and they will never buy a gun and submit to a background check. Why? Because they don't have to. It's too easy to get one on the street or out of your parent's gun rack.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:59 pm
Noted and signed

Natalie V (27)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
noted / signed

Robert O (12)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:43 pm
Have gladly signed. Thanks Angelika.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:36 pm

I would like to see Diane post actual facts just one time. I'm not sure if she just makes up this crap as she types or if there is some whacked web-site that she drowns herself in, my goodness few can be so wrong so often. We all know that you thought it was cute to play off what James said, but that is in no way what he meant. Not so clever after all.

Here is a helpful guide for the painfully uninformed:

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:42 pm

If Diane's assumption were correct and it is not, then following that incredibly faulty logical, why should we even have prisons? Just allow mass murders to go unchecked, it is just too inconvenient for gun owners to have to bother with back ground checks. Maybe it's too inconvenient to bother with drivers license, and why on earth do we have to show ID for allergy medication? Too much effort. Why are you Diane, so desperately wanting photo ID for voting? That's just too inconvenient.

Circular logic, round and round and never moving past one tiny point in space.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:51 am
Maybe it wasn't the background checks that caused a no result, but the flood of amendments? What does amaze me is the compassion shown when someone uses a bomb as opposed to gun.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:29 am
How civilized a world are we, when we need to own a gun, and have the need to declare we have the right to bear arms... just who is kidding who?

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:53 am

The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment, a background check expansion devised by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and a handful of other lawmakers, earned only 54 votes, falling six votes short of the 60-vote threshold. Vice President Joe Biden, who led the Obama administration's months-long lobbying effort on behalf of stronger gun laws, presided over the vote.

The failure of the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which was crafted over weeks of negotiation with the aim of attracting Republican support in both the Senate and, eventually, the House, could serve as the death knell for the larger piece of legislation, though it's possible Reid will bring new amendments to the floor at a later date.

A slew of other amendments, including the assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazine clips, and a GOP-sponsored alternative, also failed to gain the necessary traction.
(excerpt from article at:)

. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:04 am
In theory, I am in in favor of background checks. BUT, as Diane said over and over, these checks will have little deterent to those who are looking for a gun. The Sandy Hook killer simply took a gun from his mother's collection.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:30 am
Noted and signed. Thank you.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:35 am
Despite the failure and just little hope for the issue to be brought to the floor again, I just posted another petitiion, please sign. Go to >
petition to the NSSF

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:48 am
I like and agree with Darren's comment-though I find it amusing to speak of the US as "a world" ;-) To my knowledge no other part of the world has these needs.

Henriette M (154)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:33 pm
I signed, Thanks Angie.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:39 pm
Signed. I see where someone says that "Obama's own Democrats" didn't vote for it. Only 4 Dems voted against, and I'm fairly certain that the President doesn't own any of them. Not even the ones who voted in favor of the proposal. What is "telling" is how much money those politicians get from the NRA. Their only consideration was their own bottom line. Money, money, money. I'm ashamed to know that our political system now is not about right and wrong and the good of our country, it's about who has the most money and who will give the most to any one politician. Sickening.

Ludger W (71)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:48 pm

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:52 pm
Wish I could send more than ONE star to Kathy L. whom I am pleased to see here! (rarely ever see her on any post) Kathy, you took the words right out of my mouth, thank you!
I had wanted to say that myself but the thing is, I just try to avoid addressing Diane or engage in any kind of discussion with her.. for a reason !

Nancy Dodson (18)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:03 pm
Well, I guess we all know what we have to do. We have to pull out all the stops to see that all who voted against background checks , Democrats AND Republicans, are voted out of office. We can't let those who choose their "jobs" over the slaughter of the innocents now going on in our country continue to wreak their havoc on this county! They seem to be pretty good at vacations and perks but not so much on actually governing this country as they were elected to do.

When they can look into the anguished faces of the parents who lost their children at Sandy Hook Elementary and so many other places of slaughter and still vote NO to background checks which seems like a no brainer to most of us, it's time to let them go back to their districts and STAY there. Or, maybe that delightful organization, the NRA will hire all of them! They're paying for their votes anyway, they might as well put them to work!

It's so sad to see our wonderful country now up to the highest bidder. It doesn't matter how many of us are killed and wounded senselessly, the NRA rules!!!! What pathetic congressmen and senators we have.


We, the citizens are the only ones with the power to fix it. That is if the Republicans ALLOW us to vote! They certainly aren't allowing much to be fixed in the country, they're too busy trying to figure out how to limit the electorate to those who will vote only for them. This country is a total mess and we are the only ones who can fix it!!


Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:07 pm
Signed & noted. Many thanks, Angelika! Also have signed petition posted by Ben O. as well as numerous others in private mailings. Fortunately, I only have 1 Senator to continue pestering, since McCain actually voted for it.

My dad was a WWII veteran and enjoyed occasional seasonal hunting, as well as trapshooting. His guns were always locked up, unless he was cleaning them or using them. He believed in gun safety: "never point a gun unless you intend to shoot it; never point a gun at anyone, whether it's loaded or not...." Although he passed over 30 yrs. ago now, I know he believed in background checks and would agree with the Assault Weapons Ban. He would wonder what the heck anyone, besides military or police, would need multiple clips for.

Claudia O (73)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:21 pm
Signed and shared.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:23 pm
Lois, may your dad rest in peace; he was a responsible man. I assume the vast majority of these gun crazy opponents of a safety bill or ANY kind of gun control have NEVER been in a war but are keen to create one with guns and more guns.

Winn A (179)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:25 pm
Signed and all those who opposed this bill should be voted out of office in the very next election. The American people want this bill. Is it the best bill? I don't think so but it's a start. Now we, the American People, must insist in mental health coverage and availability to all. This is so important because we want to stop gun or any kind of violence before it happens.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:37 pm
Again: Despite the failure and just little hope for the issue to be brought to the floor again, I just posted another petitiion, please sign. Go to >
petition to the NSSF

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:41 pm
...and I hope everyone reads the comment by Nancy Dodson , Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:03 pm well!

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:47 pm
Signed, commented and noted.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:29 pm
Help us hold accountable Democrats who blocked gun reform.(donations)

Birgit W (160)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:05 pm

Joe R (190)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:39 pm
Unforgivable!!! Thanks Angelika. Signed and noted.

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:16 pm

Signed that new petition as well, thanks Angie.

paul m (93)
Monday April 22, 2013, 5:02 am


Deborah W (6)
Monday April 22, 2013, 6:16 am
ObamaNation ... tactics of one picked up by the other, now back to bit the ass of THE ONE. Interesting definition of justice as we've come to know it in this day and age.

. (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:27 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. The Senate really needs to get up off their butts and fight for the American people instead of against them.

Raul M. (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 9:39 am
Do they represent people, or what?...

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 22, 2013, 10:10 am
"Corporations are people, my friend" ...

Margo R (14)
Monday April 22, 2013, 11:36 am
Signed! I just don't see how most of our Senators can look each other in the eye. What they did was fail the people once again!

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 22, 2013, 1:11 pm
Don't have a zip code. Thanks

Ray M (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 4:58 pm
You can't blame President Obama. God knows he tried. Blame the despicable, lame senators and their NRA fat cat contributors. Oh, and also Harry Reid who did nothing to end the filibuster. As always in the U.S. Congress, big money talks and wins every time. Shameful to say the least.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday April 22, 2013, 5:07 pm
Shame on the 55 idiot excuses for Senators who supported this background check trash! Gun control is treason and should all be banned! Exile Brady, Schumer, Pelosi, Reid, Holder, and all traitors who propose gun control, for violating the Constitution!

Paul Wellman (1)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:22 pm
Dianne O.
Valiant effort but...
James Maynard sums the situation up. Mental midgets or perhaps simple minded describes all of these folks. They can't hear you.
They see big problems and can't deal with the overwhelming fear it gives them. They have no idea how to deal with all of the problems in our society so...
If we got rid of those damn guns we know the world would be a better place! Whew!! That was simple.
Violence is a disease. Our society is heavily infected. We have spread this disease around the world.
Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and on and on. Our troops come back eaten up with anger and fear. They spread the disease to friends and family. On and On!
Drum beats again in the middle east. Iran can't have nuclear toys! Only us!
Drum beats in Asia. Let's go nose to nose with China!
We Reap What We Sow is being proved here in our cities every day.
You can outlaw guns, knives, pressure cookers, whatever people sickened by the illness of violence will find a way to vent their frustrations.
Pray for peace.

Paul Wellman (1)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:23 pm
Dianne O.
Valiant effort but...
James Maynard sums the situation up. Mental midgets or perhaps simple minded describes all of these folks. They can't hear you.
They see big problems and can't deal with the overwhelming fear it gives them. They have no idea how to deal with all of the problems in our society so...
If we got rid of those damn guns we know the world would be a better place! Whew!! That was simple.
Violence is a disease. Our society is heavily infected. We have spread this disease around the world.
Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and on and on. Our troops come back eaten up with anger and fear. They spread the disease to friends and family. On and On!
Drum beats again in the middle east. Iran can't have nuclear toys! Only us!
Drum beats in Asia. Let's go nose to nose with China!
We Reap What We Sow is being proved here in our cities every day.
You can outlaw guns, knives, pressure cookers, whatever people sickened by the illness of violence will find a way to vent their frustrations.
Pray for peace.

Paul Wellman (1)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:24 pm
I would like to direct your attention to something you might get behind to ease some of your frustration regarding your recent perceived defeat.
In my mind if you cry out about this horrible illegal action (being taken in our name) it would do far more towards healing us than if we had background checks on those horrid guns you are focused on.
Cluster Bombs really suck.

Paulett Simunich (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 8:55 pm
Background checks would have been a step in the right direction.....No responsible gun owner had a problem with this.......People were buying guns, rifles, ammo at such a rate.....the store owners were changing the price of ammo constantly......Looks like many people felt it would pass.!!!!!! This has been a spirited debate and there is some merit in each comment.......In Boston, not a shot was fired at the marathon...yet many people were seriously hurt, maimed, 3 innocent people died..and not a shot was fired!!!

Sue Clayton (8)
Monday April 22, 2013, 10:01 pm
I'm fed up with Politicians competing against each other. Like small children they go on to say, 'well MY party voted for this that and the other, so should you'. I place absolutely NO store in politics because I feel they're all out for themselves and their own private interests. It's really about time THE PEOPLE made the decisions in countries around the world. EVERYONE needs to have a background check for purchase of ANY type of weapon!

Stuart Thomas (497)
Monday April 22, 2013, 11:03 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted.
Thank you, Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:57 am
Paul Wellman, thx so much for bringing that petition in here, in fact I signed this morning and was about to post it.
Please sign people!
Pressure-Cooker and Cluster Bombs 
Tell the President and Congress to sign and ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions:

Shirley B (5)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 12:00 pm
N&SX2. TY Angelika.

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 10:13 pm
We can do NOTHING, but find fault with our conservative legislators. They care nothing for our country, or its citizens. Their only goal, as Mitch McConnell stated, is to get rid of President Obama.
The success of or nation, plays no role in their regard.
It is totally, disgraceful. Other prominent countries look upon us, as idiots.

When you take the attitude, that you don't care what other countries think about you, you are living in a dream world. We live in a global economy.
We are NO LONGER #1, in almost anything. Our prestige is diminishing, as we speak.

Diane O (194)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:39 am

This video represents a true American patriot. No one has said it better IMO.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:28 am
thanks for the information
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