Women shout 'shame on you' in Senate chamber after gun measure fails
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: Patricia Maisch, one of the people who helped halt the Tucson shooting involving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), holds up a photograph of victim Federal Judge John Roll while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee on Capitol Hill November 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Maisch, 61, helped to disarm gunman Jared Loughner by grabbing a fully loaded magazine away from him, helping disarm Laughner before he could inflict more damage. Maisch testified in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would strengthen federal power over the states handling of individual background checks. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
April 17th, 2013
06:48 PM ET
12 months ago

Women shout 'shame on you' in Senate chamber after gun measure fails

Washington (CNN) - Two women whose lives were touched by recent mass shootings shouted in the Senate chamber "shame on you" just after lawmakers defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun sales.

After the outburst on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden, who was presiding in the Senate, called for order. The women were later expelled from the Capitol although it did not appear they were arrested.

Patricia Maisch, of Tucson, Arizona, who took the gun magazine from the hands of the man who shot former Rep. Gabby Giffords and several other people, explained to reporters why she yelled at the senators.

"Because they are an embarrassment to this country that they don't' have any compassion or care for people who have been taken brutally from their families," she said.

Lori Haas of Richmond, Virginia, whose daughter, Emily, was shot but survived the Virginia Tech massacre also was angry.

"We are sick and tired of the death in this country and these legislators stand up there and think it's a bunch of numbers. There's been 187,000 Americans killed since Virginia Tech. My daughter was shot and injured six years ago yesterday. It's a shame, it's appalling, it's disgusting," she said.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Tony in Maine

    A disgusting display of gutlessness. I sincerely hope that those Senators, Republican and Eemocrat who voted as they were ordered by Wayne LaPierre are defeated the next time they face the voters.

    Thank you to my two from Maine for having the fortitude to withstand the noise from the NRA.

    April 17, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Republicans (and 4 dems) have no shame -they have no heart. They revere $$$$$$$$$ from people who buy other people. It's their own form of "welfare" for themselves amounting to millions, not just $137/month for food.

    April 17, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Larry L

    The Democrats who helped Republicans go against the wishes of 90% of the American people need to be black-balled from receiving any funds from the DNC or other progressive organizations. They can get all of their support from the N.R.A. or the radicals in their home state. Who cares if a Republican wins the seat? A DINO is even less honorable!

    April 17, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. BongoBeat

    It is quite shameful, but please don't get mad...get even! When the mid-term elections roll around, I'd like to see folks vote these shameful buzzards out of office. I hope that the push to vote them out is a huge call to arms for every voting citizen that doesn't have their head up their arse thinking the government is going to take their guns, or that President Obama wants to attack their 2nd amendment rights.

    April 17, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Plain truth–these animals are not representing you America they are for NRA and BRIBE. Drive these nasty thugs out for America sake. Good luck.

    April 17, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein

    They have every right to be angry with the Senate for not passing this bill.

    April 17, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Well, this is what you get when you continue to vote "republican over and over."
    You know what to do in "2014"
    We will show them how strong we are!
    We are stronger then the NRA!
    90% stronger.

    April 17, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Alan

    PLEASE CNN begin publishing those Senators who voted against these amendments immediately and do not stop until each of their present terms are up for re-election. If the American People ever needed you, we need you now. regardless of what their reasons were, please publish their reasons, and a single sheet list of their names and hopefully that list will then go viral and regardless of how their vote was threatened by the NRA as being 'scored', that when it comes time for their re-election, the official 'score' card is submitted by the American Public on them. PLEASE OH GOD IN HEAVEN FOR THE SAKE OF ALL THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE DIED AND ARE YET TO BE BORNE..and thank you

    April 17, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Congress, some members, have no shame or guts or humanity.

    April 17, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Mr. De'Shon

    We should all be very ashamed to call ourselves Americans today. Our political system is corrupted to its very core. The people who shake our hands, make speeches,& take pictures with us, are morally bankrupt. They are mere "fluff boys" for the true power in Washington. The corporate globalization conglomerate. We have been led willingly to the slaughter... A damn shame!

    April 17, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. norma jean

    MEN...........ASK THE WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE IF SHE THINKS YOU ARE MORE OF A MAN BECAUSE YOU OWN A GUN !!!...... You might find out that they care more about someone who knows who he is and doesn't need a gun to prove it!!!.... Except for hunting or home protection.....one or more guns is just pure "bravado".....something a real straight thinking man will want no part of. For home protection an assault rifle is clumsy and overarmed...For hunting they are very inappropriate as a hunter will tell you. Intellegence rergarding gun ownership is needed for the protection of our familys...yours and mine!!!!!!.
    ..

    April 17, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Doc Brown

    2nd amendment states:

    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not be Infringed.

    Toomey, MCCain, Flake, Burr, We will be contributing to your primary opponents. We Remember!

    April 17, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The misguided, expected something different?

    This HAD to be the result.

    Guns are NOT the main problem. The main problem is people who are mentally ill. Nothing has been proposed to deal with that problem, whatsoever!

    April 17, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. mduk

    Today is a victory for the law abiding citizens of America , and a bad day for criminals and those that feel entitled to infringe on others constitutional rights.

    April 17, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. y22nxdf2

    It's another business day in America. Fear and hatred sell, and they sell LOTS of gun. Those senators are only interested in money from the gun crazies. Irony is that someday those same crazies may come looking for them with no good intentions.

    April 17, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Marty

    Do we have a country...of the people... or a country of the lobbyist?

    I thank Senators Toomey and Manchin. They have restored my faith in the political process and demonstrated to the public that we do, indeed, have professional politicians who certainly can work together for the common good. Unfortunately we also have in Congress, politicians who are literally bought and owned by the highest bidder such as the NRA. They are as dangerous as an AR-15 – with both creating fear and havoc among good and decent Americans.

    April 17, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Rembrant

    Well, the good part is that Republicans have once again shot themselves in the foot. Folks– another year of this nonsense and they will be gone for sure.

    April 17, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Those angry women can go jump off a cliff. It isn't my fault that they lost someone to a person committing a crime, therefore why should have to give up more freedoms because of it? They are the shameful and narcissistic parties.

    April 17, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Len

    We are controlled by the NRA and politicians who are gutless . Vote them out in 2014. Stand up and stop being controlled by 39% of the population.

    April 17, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. RINO Bill

    The shame would have been enacting ANY of these ill-written amendments ... especially Feinstein's.

    April 17, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. GuestAgain

    While I am deeply and truly saddened at the loss these families have suffered it does not warrant infringement on others rights. Go after the criminals. Enough said, peace be with you.

    April 17, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. king

    ahh big money in America wins again, and kick the average Joe to the curve. the way these lobbyist have congress is shameful. our children cannot depend on the government no more for safety. its shameful how the top echelon of society rules the country with an iron fist. gun manufacturers and the NRA, runs this country, and have our country's representatives in the palm of their hands, good luck average Joe.

    April 17, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. Dallas

    Disgraceful! Nothing but a bunch of cowards beholding to the NRA. Vote every one of these despicible senators out ASAP.

    April 17, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. rs

    While GOP seems to be having some difficulty in pulling of its remake- what with Paul insulting minorities, and still being the "party of stupid", here's something they can hang their hat on- a NAME change! The GOP is so deep in the pockets of the NRA- and they love the shoot 'em up stuff anyway, maybe they should change ther name from Republican to "National Rifle Association (lite)".

    April 17, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Gun's , God and Gluttony !

    April 17, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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