Reid to shelve gun bill
April 18th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Reid to shelve gun bill

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he'll set aside proposed gun legislation without a final vote following the defeat a day earlier of major provisions sought by President Barack Obama and Democrats in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.

"(Obama) and I agreed that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit pause, and freeze the background check bill where it is," he said on the Senate floor. "This will allow senators to keep negotiating."

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said Reid can bring up the package of gun proposals again if circumstances change and he believes he has the votes for key provisions to pass, particularly a measure to expand background checks on gun buyers.

"We're gonna have time to work on what people want to do before we come back to this," Reid said, adding that this option allows them to return to the bill without returning to square one. "It will only be a matter of time."

"The stand of the Republicans is not sustainable," he said. "The question is how long they're going to stand firm–but it's not sustainable."

In a major defeat for supporters of tougher gun laws, the Senate on Wednesday defeated a compromise plan to expand background checks on firearms sales as well as a proposal to ban some semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons.


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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. DK

    Why doesn't everyone on the other side understand that the deaths of a few shouldn't take away the freedoms of many? I'm sorry your daughter was shot. I'm sorry you lost your brother. But others lose their lives in swimming pools, car accidents, falling into holes, or even stabbed by a stingray.

    Accidents happen. Bad people are out there. The world is random and will never be perfectly safe. Get a gun. Protect yourself. Stop screaming for help, and be the help.

    April 18, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. hypnatist

    We don't need the government telling us what kind of guns or rifles we can buy. Our if we should have or not have
    a 30 round ammo clip. The U.S. Senate did the right thing in rejecting the Gun control bill. The bill would have been an infringement of our secound ammendment rights.
    America was created by gun weilding citizens after all.!

    April 18, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. dave richman

    This is amazing --- Harry Reid actually noticing reality for once.

    April 18, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. JW

    "I see the libbys heads are exploding about their assault on civil rights failing"

    Making sure potentially dangerous people can't get their hands on AR-15s is a defense of civil rights, not an assult.

    April 18, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    It will take another mass shooting for Congress and Senate to wake up. There nothing wrong with expand background checks on firearms sales. There is so many lies about this who are or what do you believe. One other thing REELECTION is comming up insted of doing what right for AMERICA Congress and the Senate looking out for themself. We need to vote them out of office. Go President Obama

    April 18, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Canon

    So the last article on this from CNN:

    "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted no at the last minute for procedural reasons, allowing him to bring the amendment back up at a later date.)" – Senate trumps public opinion in gun control vote

    "Reid earlier warned Republicans that the strong majority of Americans who support expanded background checks won't forget votes against the Manchin-Toomey compromise. 'The American people ... have a long, long memory,' he said." – Obama on gun law setback: 'A pretty shameful day for Washington'

    Apparently Reid doesn't believe we have a long memory at all. Seems we forgot he said no to bring it up again, but is going to shelve it he has the support. We will see...we will see.

    April 18, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Mike

    You people dont get it....this bill would have SOLVED nothing its just feel good legislation that would have done nothing but hurt legal gun owners. Stop living in this fantasy world where you think all guns are going away!

    April 18, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Taxpaying Voter

    Wait, I thought Obama said last night they "we are going to get this done"? I guess he and Harry aren't on the same page.

    April 18, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Elaine Robinson

    How can those who voted "NO" go home and look their constituents in the face and say " i represent you". We elect them, we pay the salaries and all the perks that come with the office, but the ONLY ones they represent is the NRA and gun manufacturers?. I hope and pray all of us who are thoroughly disgusted, remember April 17th, come election time. WE WILL NOT LET THEM BUY AMERICA!!!

    April 18, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. moon

    where ever the money is that,s how Reid will vote.he knows Obama is losing everyone,s respect.

    April 18, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Donna

    I LOVE the smell of 2nd Amendment VICTORY in the morning!!! There is hope for this country yet. But don't be fooled America. The Democrats and their far left agenda will be back again to attack your Constitutional rights. VOTE THEM OUT and don't give them that chance again.

    April 18, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Peter

    Sounds like Reid has given up on legislating.

    April 18, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. just sayin

    or cnn could have chosen to report it this way, which it did not.

    In a major victory for supporters of our Constitutional rights, the Senate on Wednesday defeated an atack on the Second Amendment rights of every American citizen modeled after the failed ban on military STYLE assault weapons.

    April 18, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Alan

    answer Pandamonius – with the screwy rules in Congress, as was the case a few months ago when McConnell tried to sneak his bill thru and realized he didn't have the votes and fillibustered it himself...Goo Ole' Harry did that to save the work of starting from scratch as if anything Congress gets involved in (Dem or Rep or Tea Bagger) ever gets done, funded, and implemented..especially since the NRA is literally holding a gun to the heads of Congress threatening to pour money in to unseat them if they voted yes. Bottomline – The reality is that there are 26 children who will never grow up, have families of their own and allowed to grow old because the NRA controls Congress...and Congress, Past Presents (i.e. Bush) and the Media have been known not to be totally honest with the American Voter..we are either scared to death, shot to death, or taxed to death by Organized Money, or Politicians who spend their time in office taking our tax dollars and not doing anything productive. Oh, yeah, god help the NRA, Congress, President or the Media if there wasn't a Poll taken that we are told to believe or ELSE!!...to shake things up in Congress, have the American voter hold hearings and have the NRA, Congress, and the President and Media answer to us for a change..beyond the days they need us for our vote...I know..dream on!

    April 18, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. bigdicmcgee

    guess what folks there is something out there that causes around 3500 deaths a day which totals out at 1.3 million per year..... CARS.... any talk of banning them? picking and choosing the parts of the constitution you like are BS.... i dont like gay marriage but guess what the constitution says we ALL have the same rights. The founding fathers gave very detailed writings about firearms and how the citizen should be well armed with pistol and rifle.... and don't start the crap about only muskets... the founding fathers knew technology would advance... but the rights of man do not diminish and cannot diminish to keep a free society

    April 18, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    The gun debate is at a stand still as long as the NRA owns the Republican Party and the Supreme Court is dominated by activist conservative judges.

    April 18, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. norma jean

    The members of our government who voted against gun controls might want to look around for new jobs because we the voters are going to keep track of them and they will be voted out at first opportunity. Jobs are very hard to find so they better start now....2016 will be here before you know it! ! ! !

    April 18, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Perhaps the American people who support stricter background checks need to make these senators afraid that they won't be voted back in office if they don't listen to the 90 percent who want the stricter background check. Afterall, if we are of the people, by the people, and for the people, then the people have the power to remove them from office for not listening to them. Although this will also not pass, why can't one protect one self with a gun that stops an intruder without killing them? After all , isn't it true that the right to protect oneself can still be accomplished without committing murder? If there were only such guns in this country, then a lot of people would be alive and safer. Afterall, this would also protect people from their own ignorance and prevent terrible accidents as well. So you wouldn't hear about how the 4 year old shot his mother or best friend & killing them instantly because the guns were out of the safe temporarily in a show n tell session or whatever. Instead, the person who was shot would be just knocked out and alive. And for those who need self defense, if you knock out your intruder, then you are safe and can just call the police and let them take over the law at that point. But this refusal to change is probably about money & cowardice. But there are other ways to make money than selling guns that kill. Regardless, the American people should have a massive peaceful PROTEST and show the senators who has the POWER to get rid of them for not listening to the majority of the people who want stricter background checks.

    April 18, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Tommy is a Troll

    Tommy is a Troll.

    April 18, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. norma jean

    If Harry is going to bring this issue up at a future date.....will that be before or after the next massacre of innocent people?????

    April 18, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Tom

    Mission accomplished? This bill had no chance of passing in the House. By holding an initial vote, a bunch of Republicans (and a few Democrats) are now on record as having opposed it. That could make a difference in some 2014 senatorial elections. So the question is whether the whole issue of gun control has just become another campaign issue? Sad.

    April 18, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Elaine Robinson

    Newtown, Oak Ridge, Aurora, Columbine, Virginia Tech, the streets of Chicago and every town and city in this country. The massacres will keep happening, and the next time, and there will be a next time, the blood of those innocents lost will be on their hands. What will they say then?

    April 18, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. street_lamper

    @Tommy
    I own several assault weapons, but really people what will they do against the government if they attack us? They won't penetrate tanks, take out jets or stop missiles. So if our government turns on us and decides to attack; they will drone, bomb, hit us with jets missiles, small nukes, tank attacks and we will do what? We will lose, that's what.
    ====================================================================================

    The Afghans are badly equipped in comparison to US forces, and ten years later, the US hasn’t made significant progress, and the US hasn’t used, to the public’s knowledge, any “small nukes.” The US mostly fought a militia in Iraq, and we have all seen the results. The home ground has motivation beyond any invading force; rifles and IEDs will beat any invading army given enough time.

    If you really think the US population could fall under the might of the US military, you are not aware of the power of the people and their rifles.

    April 18, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Pepe

    Oh, the irony. People condemning Republicans for not listening to the will of the people. Those same people probably didn't care when Barry shoved Obama care down our throats even though the majority of the voters didn't want it. The bigger point here is the principle of protecting our rights. I am sick of my fellow Americans so easily allowing the government to curtail or, outright steal our individual freedoms. This bill was pointless and a perfect example of political pandering. Why keep creating new laws without enforcing the ones in the books. Ben Franklin once wrote – "Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither." It is disheartening to see how many Americans are blind to this concept.

    April 18, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Gil Crawford

    The bill obviously doesn't have public support. Even though cnn says so. Just like yesterday when cnn reportef an arrest in the boston bombing..
    So crazy guy shoots kids, crazy guy stabs kids, crazy guy blows up runners, crazy guy sends poison to obama. The tools change but the crazy guy stays the same so guns are the problem? Oh and bombs and ricin are illegal. Glad laws worked to stop those crazy guys!

    April 18, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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