May 5th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
5 years ago

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. biggusdickus

    The reason why this fight is so intense from the NRA and the gun-nuts is because they all know the only way the gun violence ends is through the end of private ownership of guns. Plain and simple. None of these stupid laws for background checks, magazine limits or assult weapons bans will ever end mass shootings and everbody knows it. So, why isn't the debate about reality rether than nonsense?

    May 6, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Brad

    "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.

    This guy is a certified nut job and needs to be locked up in a mental ward. He is clearly sick and has lost his mind. It's liek a cult! Now I know where all these sickos get their ideas.

    May 6, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. km

    NRA = An organization of bullies and thugs that care about gun profits and nothing else. They exploit the 2nd amendment for their own benefit.

    May 6, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. rs

    Ancient Texan

    The NRA and the Senate are doing exactly what the people are entitled to: protection of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
    Except that the vast maojority of Americans wanted something different (and those people VOTE) -they wanted laws that prevent criminals, crazies and terrorists from legally buying guns. What you don't get is the 2nd Amendment like every single other one has exceptions, and rightly should. That we have a three times higher death rate by guns than any other 1st world nation prves there is a problem. That the NRA wants to keep boosting gun sales regardless of the monetary and human loss proves it is no better than a back-street arms dealer. You think for a second they care about YOUR freedom? People like you who support them are just tools for the weapons manufacturers. Maybe you'll get that is you lose someone you care about to a a firearm.
    When YOU lose the right to own a firearm it will be because the NRA was too radical, too crazy and too stupid to concede that guns are dangerous and need restrictions. You can blame them and frothing nuts like Wayne La Pierre when it happens.The numbers are against the NRA at the moment, change will happen.

    May 6, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Ron

    "because convicted felons have guns" ! That is right Senator Durbin & therein lies the problem. You need to do something about those "convicted felons" and NOT the law abiding U.S. citizens. The law abiding U.S. citizens must continue to arm themselves BECAUSE you haven't done the right thing about those "convicted felons".

    May 6, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. hrdwrknjoe

    After seeing the footage from the NRA Convention and then seeing the Faces of the NRA pictures, one could sure replace the acronym NRA with SB (SHORT BUS).

    LaPierre is the perfect HEAD HAND HOLDER for the SHORT BUS group.

    25% of this group are nothing more than home grown terrorist (just read the treasonous post just on the VINE)- willing to wage war against the US and need to be put down.

    May 6, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. rs

    My God given right to live in a society free from gun violence trumps your paper right to own a gun.
    Ummm, no it doesn't.
    We first, yes, your rights end when they impact someone elses- that is common legal opinion. Second though, really- as Americans we have to put up with all the death, destruction and costs involved with firearm violence because "that's your right"? Sick, man, really sick.

    May 6, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Bill Daly

    As if felons wil obtain guns legally. What a liberal fantasy!

    May 6, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Kevin

    Very Plain Very Simple

    to:H&K MP5:
    Shall Not Infringe....

    Liberal tears are so sweet.

    As for magazine limits, for you liberals who post I don't need 30 rounders " to hunt deer". Are you this dense? The 2nd amendment is not about deer hunting. It's about liberals being kept in check. To believe otherwise is to be a fool

    Well regulated (funny how you always seem to skip that part)...

    I would be careful throwing words like fool around when all you need to do is look in the mirror to see a rather large one. What's it like to be so paranoid that you have to hide behind a gun? You and your ilk are nothing but cowards putting on a brave little act while all the while cowering in your homes, clutching your guns and waiting for the big, bad boogie man to come.

    May 6, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Kim Kennedy

    I think the gun control issue should be put up for vote by the American people...not Congress.

    May 6, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Art

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." Benjamin Franklin

    May 6, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Bill Daly

    A thought for Senator Durbin, from Illinois: Statistically speaking, I would be safer walkiong unarmed in Afghnaistan than walking around the South Side of Chicago. Doesn't Chicago have one of the strictest gun laws in the US, and given the homicide rate there, one of the least effective? The South Side used to be off limits for military personnel. because of the danger of being assaulted or killed there. I assume it still is.

    May 6, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. jwmr2

    The NRA is an organization consisting of around 5 Million real people. The tactic of making the NRA a single entity to utilize for name calling and hate mongering is a political ploy. Five million people who strongly believe in a single issue are not going away just because some politician uses political rhetoric to try to and turn the rest of the country against them. Members of the NRA have varying views on gun control and legislation aimed at trying to make the public safer but the basic issue of "Constitutional Rights" is shared by all. The Constitution is there to protect the individual from the Government and political parties who don't happen to agree with it. I swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    May 6, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. addison

    I find it amusing how the left is using the fact that a huge majority favor this so lets violate the constitution because of a majority. Do I need to remind you that the very constitution is the reason minorities gained rights? Are you complacent when a majority voted in California to ban gay marriage? You can't have it both ways. If you have such little regard for the constitution, then we are doomed. I do not agree with many things the minorities want, but I love the constitution and the fact the rights of the few are protected.

    May 6, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. progunlib

    "Which rights are those? To have loved ones killed by a crazy with a gun? Maybe the right to have our first graders killed and dismembered with an assault weapon? The freedom to die while attending a movie? Of having a public firearm death rate greater than any other 1st world nation, and many third world nations? Or just that great run-of-the-mill freedom of being one of the more than 3,800 Americans who have died from gun violence since Newtown?
    Your freedom is death- thats sick!"

    Your argument is emotional tripe. The pro-gun side could be just as ridiculous as you.
    Which rights do gun grabbers support? To have loved ones killed by a crazy government? Maybe the right to have our first graders officially dismembered by a government firing squad? The freedom to be rounded up for whatever reason and die in a concentration camp? Or just the great run-of-the-mill freedom of being one more of the un-countable millions who have died at the hands of an unchecked, out of control government?
    Freedom is not safe, any death is tragic. However, freedom is much safer then serfdom, slavery, and blind loyalty.
    Wake up.

    May 6, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    Where has Human Decency gone in this Country ? Look at some of the insensitive things being said on this blog. I know the Conservatives holler that both "sides" do it, and they do BUT, I think Fox News & Rush Limbaugh bear the biggest share of this horrible discourse. They've given a Green Light to those who so firmly believe in their opinions as PRINCIPLE that it's ok to say ANYTHING in ANY tone.

    May 6, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. JKF

    I vow to never use my LEGAL firearms to protect a liberal gun-grabber(s) given the unfortunate event of a warranted situation. After all, I would not want to offend anyone!

    May 6, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Peoples State of Illinois

    The only way to end gun violence, is gun confiscation. What will that accomplish? Create more victims, as criminals will not follow the law and turn in their weapons. It will be "open season" on whatever criminals want. When police advise people to arm themselves, because in their words, "it will all be over by the time we can respond," then confiscation of weapons makes no sense, as law abiding citizens will have no chance at all. A better alternative wouild be to look at the "people problem." Improve the mental healthcare system.

    May 6, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. 18E

    This article is absolute bunk, and extreme media bias against the average gun owner.
    The gun control bill that failed in the Senate April 17 had nothing to do with the NRA.
    The Senate had 65 votes to pass the bill in the morning, but through procedures rules Harry Reid and the Democrats added 16 amendments to the "bi-partisan bill."
    Then the bill lost support. The Democrats and Reid, pulled an Arafat.
    Then the Democrats immediately blame it on the NRA. One amendment which pushed the bill out of reach of passing, was for more federal funding for treating the mentally ill.

    May 6, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. LeadPoop

    We have members of of congress who use the murder of children for political gain and refuse to fix the problem! Why are they not looking into fixing metal health in the country?

    May 6, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Tim Gray

    I note that when (un-armed?) persons perceive a criminal act against them, they call for someone with a gun.

    I recognize it happens because they lack the moral fortitude to protect themselves.

    Or, perhaps easier to recognize, "emotional".

    May 6, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. sammieb51

    The NRA has convinced politicians who have convinced the population that registering all gun sales will creat a "national gun registry" (which the bill does not create). These dilberts forget that when the manufacturer sells the guns to a dealer/distributor, the serial numbers are registered to that outlet. If law enforcement wants to know where that gun originated from, they go to the manufacturer and track the gun owner that way. If the original owner sells the gun to a party without bothering to register the sale, it should be an illegal sale or the orignal gun owner should be held accountable for whatever crime is commited using that weapon. Just like car sale transfers. The informaiton is already out there one way or another. Now the NRA is pushing sales of guns to kids, the special rifles they make for kids. GMAB, it is like living with cave men.

    May 6, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Roggy

    gun control advocates = shameless shills who exploit tragedies to push their agenda

    May 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. GaryS

    hmm I'll simply repeat what I've heard before....
    You LOST get over it.

    May 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Carol

    This convention was nothing more than a gathering of losers. The so-called leadership of this organization needs to be investigated/monitores for domestic terrorism.

    May 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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