Emotions high as political world reacts to failed gun amendment
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (R) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speak to the press about background checks for gun purchases, in the U.S. Capitol building April 10, 2013 in Washington DC. The pair is proposing a bipartisan compromise, a proposal to be voted on as an amendment that would expand background checks to firearms sales at gun shows and on the Internet. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
April 17th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
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Emotions high as political world reacts to failed gun amendment

(CNN) - Proponents of the failed Senate amendment that called for expanding the background check system reacted with sharp disappointment Wednesday after the Senate defeated the measure in a 54-46 vote.

Meanwhile, those who opposed the amendment expressed satisfaction and pride, claiming victory for voting down a provision they claimed would infringe on Second Amendment rights.

Check out a range of the reactions after the jump.


Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords: "Today, the US Senate ignored the will of the American people and failed to pass a bi-partisan commonsense, moderate solution for keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous people and making our communities safer. Almost 90% of Americans said they wanted this sensible solution to be implemented, but the senators voting against the measure chose instead to obey the leaders of the powerful corporate gun lobby, instead of their constituents. We know this proposal respected the rights of lawful gun owners like ourselves, and we know it would have saved lives.

We will use every means possible to make sure the constituents of these senators know that their elected representatives ignored them, and put Washington, DC special interest politics over the effort to keep their own communities safer from the tragedy of gun violence."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns: "Today's vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby. Democrats – who are so quick to blame Republicans for our broken gun laws – could not stand united. And Republicans – who are so quick to blame Democrats for not being tough enough on crime – handed criminals a huge victory, by preserving their ability to buy guns illegally at gun shows and online and keeping the illegal trafficking market well-fed.

Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder:
"Today, the Senate voted against the 91% of Americans who support background checks to stop gun violence. We'll be holding accountable Democrats who voted against their constituents by running ads in their states, featuring some of the 23,000 gun owners who have joined our campaign for common sense gun reform."

Neil Sroka, Communications Director, Democracy for America: "Democrats who were too cowardly to get on the right side of a 90-10 issue like universal background checks better believe that the progressives will remember their spinlessness on gun violence prevention come reelection time. The over 1 million members of Democracy for America nationwide work to elect progressive fighters, not U.S. Senators who can be cowed by the right-wing fringe and gun industry lobbyists like the NRA." -

Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Connecticut: "There is much more that needs to be done on the issue of gun violence prevention. But when the Senate cannot come together on an issue that is supported by the vast majority of Americans, there is little to no hope that common sense will prevail. The members who voted against this proposal should be ashamed of themselves.”

Erica Lafferty, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung: "The next time there's a mass shooting and they're asked what they did to prevent it, they're going to have to say nothing."


National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action: Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.

The NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system. We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those Senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation's most pressing problems.

Heritage Action for America CEO Michael A. Needham: "Today, the American people dealt a devastating blow to the left's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment. The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment was an ineffective Washington solution crafted behind closed doors that has no place in our political system. Heritage Action will continue to oppose any bill that infringes on the constitutional rights of the American people."

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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    $$$ over lives.

    April 17, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Today, the American people dealt a devastating blow to the left's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment."

    No they didn't. 90% supported this bill. THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE. The Amurikan people were DEALT a devastating blow by two things today:

    1. The gun manufacturers and retailers who bankroll the NRA and

    2. The GOP/Teatrolls who suck their....wallets.

    April 17, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    This country has gone completely mad. The majority is not heard anymore because money talks louder than human lives!

    April 17, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. bassman

    Its good to see our Representatives do the right think. This bill was not going to stop the violence. Its time we look at ourselves and what America is becoming. Under Pres.Obama we are less moral.

    April 17, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. rs

    A big win for terrorists- they like the NRA's gun laws!

    April 17, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    We should probably thank the GOP/Teatrolls for finally giving us the soundbites and arguments necesassry to really highlight the absolute ned for filibuster reform: today, a tiny minority of the population lbbied a minority of the Senate to prevent passage of legislation supported by 90% of the public.

    Let 'er rip, Harry. Drop the nuclear option in their cereal bowls.

    April 17, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Jules

    Let's see the names on both sides of the aisle published and how they voted. I dontate to a lot of candidates across this country and will not be sending my money to anyone who doesn't have the guts to stand up to the NRA. When you put your job ahead of country it is time for you to move on.

    April 17, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Right now somebody is buying a weapon without any background check. That guy (yes – it's aguy) could have been identified by a real background check as completely unfit to own a gun. Later today he'll buy some high-capacity magazines and a good supply of ammo... enough for the job the "voices" are telling him to do...

    Everybody will be outraged and sad at the brutal, senseless slaughter – for a few days. Politicians will check their N.R.A. report cards and feel pleased... the check is in the mail...

    April 17, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. E

    So glad at least a little bit of our liberty was preserved today. Gun grabbers, anti-2nd Amendment fascists; time for you to go away!

    April 17, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. lottie

    vote these spinless wonders out. Enough already. Who runs this country anyway.

    April 17, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Dear Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Max Baucus (MT), Mark Begich (AK) and Mark Pryor (AR):

    Have fun being primaried and getting zero money.

    In disgust,

    Liberals/Dems everywhere.

    April 17, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Just like with everything else, the republicans go along, make changes, string it out and then BAM!!!!! NO

    5 years of that is getting old.

    Vote them out.

    April 17, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. whta

    Only in liberal polls did the majority show favor. Remember that.

    April 17, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. GI Joe


    Let's see the names on both sides of the aisle published and how they voted. I dontate to a lot of candidates across this country and will not be sending my money to anyone who doesn't have the guts to stand up to the NRA. When you put your job ahead of country it is time for you to move on.

    You're safe if you spend on democrats and boycott republicans. There, that's easy.

    April 17, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    Just wait till the next mass shooting.......

    April 17, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. scott

    Today the NRA and Gun friendly Senators today proved that they support the gun violence in America. The death of children do matter or bother them. As long as they have their guns, they are happy.

    April 17, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Big A

    In your face you democratic losers.

    April 17, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. dustin polasek

    Why is this the center of attention didn't a terrorist attack happen the other day?

    April 17, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Ben Milano

    There really is nothing more to say. This country is slowly dying on the vine and special interest groups, PACS, greed and the like are responsible. After New town, for this issue not to pass, makes me ashamed to be an American and to be represented by people such as this.

    April 17, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. AZDesert

    I applaud Senator Flake and the rest of those who voted NO on this!

    April 17, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Larry L

    "Today, the American people dealt a devastating blow to the left's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment."
    The 2nd Amendment does not:
    1. Define "Well-regulated militia"
    2. Describe or define "arms".
    3. Give permission to those who would like to use guns to harm the American Government.

    These are myths created by the right-wing and gun lobby and widely marketed to the American people. People need to simply read the 2nd Amendment and think. Should citizens be allowed to own nukes? Those are "arms". How about claymore mines? Are a group of right-wing extremists who want to play Soldier a "well-regultated militia"? Were Tim McVeigh, John Wilkes Booth, Sirhan Sirhan, Hassan Nidal, Lee Harvy Oswald patriots for "taking up arms to attack an oppressive government"? Were they a "militia"?

    The right-wingers on the Supreme Court who supported the now famous ruling were smoking the same crack they used for the Citizen's United "corporations are people too" judgement. The Court has become just a puppet for the rich right-wing.

    April 17, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. rico

    Today I'm ashamed of my government. To have so many spineless senators who bend over for the NRA is disgusting. We will remember each and every one of them in the next elections. I feel sorry for anyone who has ever lost a loved one to gun violence that could have been prevented by simple, reasonable checks. Unlimited right to murder and mayhem is not guaranteed in the Constitution.

    April 17, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. rhonda davis

    the only reason the legislators in washington denied the gun debated today is it might take money out of their pockets from the gun lobbyists that contribute to either their political or personal finances.

    April 17, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Quite professional

    My girlfriend defended herself from a rapist with a gun that I left her to protect herself with. If this had passed it would have been illegal for me to leave her that gun to protect herself and she would have been raped by a scumbag that was twice her size. It would have been illegal because we didn't live in the same household. And after she protected herself it took the police 20 min to finally show up even though they were only 10 blocks away. This would have undermined peoples rights to protect themselves. I hope you that you are never faced with this choice. There are sick people out there and only a gun will stop them. People ask if I'm compensating for something by carrying a gun. My answer: yes, I am. I'm compensating for the fact that I can't fight off multiple attackers by myself. I'm compensating for the fact that I am not a match for a hardened criminal who will strike first and is likely to land the first blow.

    April 17, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. sparrrow

    the spineless wieners were bought out by the nra again!!! this country definely needs term limits for the senate and a clean sweep of the good old boys club in the next election!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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