May 5th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
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Durbin blasts NRA for 'celebrating' gun vote

(CNN) – The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate criticized the National Rifle Association for cheering the defeat of a recent bipartisan gun control measure and expressed hope that the “political sentiment” will change in the upper chamber so the legislation can be brought up again.

“The National Rifle Association can go to Texas and celebrate defeating that measure, but they certainly shouldn’t celebrate when they look at the carnage that takes place virtually every day in America because convicted felons have guns,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He was referring to the organization’s annual meeting this weekend in Houston, where the recent gun control debate was a key theme among speeches by high-profile conservatives. Speakers praised the audience for lobbying their lawmakers to vote against gun control measures and encouraged them to keep up the fight.

"We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation fight for everything we care about. We have a chance to secure our freedom for a generation, or to lose it forever," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said Saturday.

"We must remain vigilant, ever resolute, and steadfastly growing and preparing for the even more critical battles that loom before us," he said.

One of the main provisions considered the most likely to pass would have expanded the background check system to include private sales at gun shows and online. In the April 17 vote, however, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward with the measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved the overall gun control bill to allow more time for negotiations and vowed to bring it up again.

The defeat was seen as a major victory among anti-gun control advocates and among those in the gun lobby, who argued that the measure would not have done much to help prevent mass shootings like those seen in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado, last year.

Durbin, the Senate’s majority whip, said the legislation needs five more votes in order to pass but said it can be an uphill battle in the Senate.

"What we need to see is a change in political sentiment within the Senate. We need to pick up five more votes, and that's quite a task, I might add, as whip in the Senate, but we can do this. I hope the American people don't give up. I know the president hasn't given up," Durbin told CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

- CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (498 Responses)
  1. Name

    Sayz the nine American (with no gun)

    May 5, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Freddo

    Sore loser, Dickie Durbin?

    Not that I'm a big fan of the NRA ... but do you really expect us to believe you wouldn't have been celebrating if your side had won?

    Whining is such bad form.

    May 5, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. manhandler1

    T“Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,” Scalia wrote. “For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

    May 5, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. norma jean.

    Nobody, including our government has tried to take guns away from law abiding citizens....They are trying to prevent what we are seeing in the headlines of every major newspaper month after month of innocent men,women and children being massacred by a prolifferation of gun power that is out of control....Any one who cannot see that and who doesn't care is just asking for things to get worse and it could include their own loved ones. I wouldn't be so quick to criticize those who are trying to get some kind of legal control to a situation that is becoming more deadly every day!!!!!

    May 5, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Ynot lost...get over it

    May 5, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. manhandler1

    The NRA has become completely radicalized and is now on their way out. They have become nothing but an extreme, fringe organization and now their political campaign contributions will be countered ten to one. It will soon be unwise for politicians to be supported by the NRA...they will lose. The sooner the majority of these people are left with "cold, dead hands," the better.

    May 5, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Rick Alandor

    The NRA is one sick organization...and here is the real funny part. I live in Virginia and "know" people who are relatives of CEM (Chief Executive Moron) Wayne La Pierre, and they tell me that they are so embarrassed by him that they wish they could change their name! He doesn't speak for most in his own family and have said he was always "not right" in the head. This is not a surprise, this man is driven by this obession. No one has ever said they would take guns away, or even change the Second Amendment, all what is said is to have a background check! The NRA could have come out of this ahead of the game by supporting this. But instead, they come across as heartless, selfish fools. And to hold the NRA in Texas is so cliche especially because that ignorant Rick Perry down there, who made a total fool of himself at the GOP debates has the cajones to show his face in public is unbelievable. Take a look at the next car or truck you see with an NRA sticker and imagine that these are the nutjobs who support this fight against even the basic plan to check backgrounds of those applying for the gun permit. The NRA touts 4million members......well then these are the dumbest 4 million people in the world if they listen to the poisonous crap Wayne LaPierre puts out. Sad.

    May 5, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Jim Moore

    Please, no more attention on these Radical Republican White-Wing fascists; especially the dumbest ones like W. & Sarah. Thank you.

    May 5, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. ted

    You gun toting NRA GOP thugs need to get a grip. Liberals are not against the second amendment. They are for background checks and intelligent controls on guns. It is moronic to think that anyone other than military or police need automatic weapons with 30 bullet magazines. But then you NRA GOP thugs are morons. I rest my case.

    May 5, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Patrish

    The gun fight is not just about the 2nd amendment. It's about insecure gun owners who are afraid of losing their guns because that is where there sense of worth lies.. Well adjusted gun owners who hunt and want a weapon to protect their family or target shoot, are not so paranoid and willing to accept reasonable control legislation.

    May 5, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Strangways

    the NRA is tone deaf, clueless and cosmically wrong. This will come back on them – and the shameful senators who supported them.

    May 5, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Roger Smith

    Dick Durbin is from one of the crookedest states in the Union. His state was also told in a Supreme Court ruling to make concealed carry available in its state and has refused to follow the law of the land.

    May 5, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. steven

    La Pierre and company (Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, et all) are shaping the future for the GOP. Won't be pretty.

    May 5, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. p

    All the ignorant gun nuts who rant on about the 2nd amendment being taken away or "gutted"...
    They always quote the "infringement" part and mess up the part about the militia. No surprise, there.
    The 2nd Amendment does NOT say "well-armed" or well-trained".
    HELLO, you Nitwits! It says WELL REGULATED! Read it and weep, jerks!
    Nuts, crooks, and terrorists should be prevented from getting guns. Background checks won't snag every one of these guys, or prevent every gun tragedy. DUH!!!!
    -But stopping any of them would be a such a bad thing? Numbnut logic at work...

    May 5, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. tony

    I the 2nd amendment is about responsible gun owners resisting oppression by government, why are there so many religious conservatives still left to continue preaching in Congress and the Senate? What do y'all think just the Patriot Act is about?

    May 5, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Randiolio

    Funny how liberals "celebrate" or actually rub in everyone's face when they achieve a victory....Gay rights, abortions, etc.....Shut up Durbin

    May 5, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Bob F.

    Sen. Dick Durbin wants to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons. Try enforcing our current laws first you marroon, instead of using dead children as a fore-front for the liberal agenda.

    May 5, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. John

    Just let it go CNN, this anti gun crusade you've been on just makes you look biased and stupid. You lost now move on the rest of the country has. Only CNN and Piers Morgan keep dwelling on the shooting tragedies. Nobody cares about gun control, Obama should fix the economy and stop with the distractions and parading school children around as props to win sympathy. Lets just ban pressure cookers instead and call it a day.

    May 5, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. John

    Haha in your face losers. The NRA is #1 we kicked the gungrabbers butts and will continue to do so lol.

    May 5, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. pkrbkr3

    If the answer were more guns, then the USA should be the safest place in the world! These NRA people won't listen to reason....only THEIR paranoid thinking that black helicopters will land in their yards and take their guns.....stupidity isn't a strong enough word. If that background check would only save one life it should have passed. Let's keep this movement going and vote the Rs and the NRAs out in 2014!

    May 5, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Greater Good

    LaPierre's comments are akin to saying that having more traffic won't mean more car accidents, or eating more sweets won't lead to an increase in dental or health problems, or more matches in the forest won't lead to more forest fires...just as long as people are "responsible." Problem is, many people aren't responsible, and if you provide easy access to a killing tool, there will be more killing. Not all murders arise from illegal back alley gun purchases...why make something so deadly so convenient? What's next? Guns is gumball machines? Americans can acquire guns a lot more easily than they can three packages of cold medicine...think about that!!

    May 5, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. tom johnston

    donkey party.
    we WILL be waiting for you.

    May 5, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Big Ben

    The NRA has made me sick of the whole state of Texas. That company that blew up only carried $1 million in insurance. I don't want any of my tax money going to Texas to help those people out.

    May 5, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Chiz Dippler

    Rather than do anything that might prevent – not eliminate, that's impossible – further gun violence, Wayne LaPierre would prefer the solution to be an exchange of gunfire. Rather than do anything to prevent things from reaching that point, that's where the solution begins and ends.

    These people are sick.

    May 5, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Pat

    Those of you bashing the NRA and the 2nd amendment have to read this bill? I have several times and it is BAD for firearms owners its bad for the 2nd amendment, its just plain bad.

    May 5, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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