May 5th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
2 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. Iceaxdave

    Submitted for your approval: a list of notorious murderers, (#) killed, and whether they were NRA rednecks or liberals.
    1. Adam Lanza – Sandy Hook (26) – Liberal
    2. Klebold/Harris – Columbine (13) – Liberals
    3. Lee Boyd Malvo – DC Sniper (10) – Liberal
    4. Jared Loughner – Shot Giffords (6) – Liberal
    5. Seung Hui Choi – Virginia Tech (32) – Liberal
    6. James “The Joker” Holmes – Aurora, CO (12) – Liberal
    7. John Wayne Gacy – (33) – Liberal Clown
    8. Sirhan Sirhan – Shot RFK – Liberal
    9. Lee Harvey Oswald – Shot JFK – Liberal Commie
    10. John Hinkley – Shot Reagan – Liberal
    11. Marc Chapman – Shot Lennon – Liberal
    12. George Hennard – Luby’s (23) – Liberal
    13. Sulejman Talovic – Salt Lake (5) – Liberal
    14. Jiverly Wong – Binghamton (13) – Liberal
    15. James Pough – GM (11) – Liberal
    16. Andew Engledinger – Minneapolis (5) – Liberal
    17. One L. Goh – Oikos Univ. (7) – Liberal
    18. Scott Dekraai – Seal Beach, CA (8) – Liberal
    19. Robert Hawkins – Mall Killing (9) – Liberal
    20. Jeffrey Weise – Red Lake H.S. (9) – Liberal
    BAN LIBERALS, SAVE LIVES!

    May 5, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. blackhawkmom

    Evolution has done much for the male species – used to be clubs; now, it is guns to supposedly prove manhood. How do men now define manhood? Pathetic !!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Norm Jacobsen

    There is a background system in place already, but those rejected are never prosecuted. The guns used at the school were purchased legally, but were stolen by a mentally ill teenager. Its funny how the places with the most tough anti gun laws have the highest gun violence. Does Chicago come to mind, run by the democratic corrupt party. Lets see, where are the last governors of Illinois residing? Nothing is ever mentioned about the hundreds of lives saved by a law abiding citizen with a gun. I hope anti gun people are never put in a position when they are being attacked to have their last thoughts be, oh I guess I was wrong, I wish I had a gun to defend myself and family.

    May 5, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Chris

    GOP isnt the problem, ignorant liberals are the problem. If the GOP goes away so will the US.

    May 5, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Howard's Daddy

    If you don't want them to celebrate then legislate. It is that simple.

    May 5, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. allenwoll

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    The problem here and in much of the rest of the operation of our U S government can be solved by legislatively overturning the "Citizens United" SCOTUS decision.
    .
    Of course, FAT CHANCE ! ! ! . Influence Money Rules ! ! ! - NOT the desires of We the People ! ! !
    .

    May 5, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "...the carnage that takes place virtually every day in America because convicted felons have gun..."

    The NRA supports existing laws, which prohibit felons having guns. More laws will not change how criminals behave.

    e.g.-The state of Illinois bans concealed carry, yet the Chicago area has hundreds of murders by people carrying concealed. Would more laws prevent the criminals from carrying? No!

    May 5, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. billy davis

    The Dallas area does not ban guns but they have the highest rate of stranger murders and accidental shootings in the country. Heck, they even murder DA's here. Chicago the GOP's talking point because it's Obama's home state. Chicago had a murder problem long before Obama was born. But, we'll just pretend those Mafia types didn't exist until 2008.

    May 5, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Ray

    @blackhawkmom, My wife wanted me to tell you that you might have said the dumbest thing she has read for at least 5 years

    May 5, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Optimist5

    Well hey, the NRA is providing population control.

    May 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. plain&simple2

    "“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 gun,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said""

    What a load of crap. Virtually everyday? How about almost never, which would be far closer to the truth. Furthermore, the push for this new gun legislation has come after people who were not convicted felons committed crime (Conn school shooting, Aurora, etc). This has nothing to do with the day to day gun violence, and everything to do with bleeding heart liberals playing on emotion and fear. If they REALLY cared about the "carnage that takes place virtually every day" then where was all of this push for gun legislation for the past...umm....40 years with people being killed in every major city in the country? Simply a knee jerk reaction to a select few events. Get over it.

    May 5, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. RINO Bill

    Durbin would have been dancing in the streets along with Schumer and Feinstein if their ill-written amendments had passed. So when we get down to it, thank God the American voter was spared such a sight!

    May 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. allenwoll

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    CITIZENS UNITED must be overturned !

    The problem here and in much of the rest of the operation of our U S government can be solved by legislatively overturning the "Citizens United" SCOTUS decision.
    .
    Of course, FAT CHANCE ! ! ! . Influence Money Rules ! ! ! - NOT the desires of We the People ! ! !
    .

    May 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. WildOmar

    Hey Durbin... you mad dude?

    May 5, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. joe

    The problem is right wing extremist who use scare tactics to fuel the theory that there is going to be a government takeover and we we will need all the weapons to protect ourselves against this action. How on God's green earth can one be so stupid? I am 70 yrs old and a gun owner and in my lifetime there hasn't been one president who advocated taking anyone guns or right to carry on away. Think about it knuckleheads-why are you being brainwashed by NRA and right wing extremist.....

    May 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. David

    Democrats will do anything to our 2nd amendment right away. We will be a socialist/ Marxist unhappy society then.

    May 5, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. P1tey1

    They danced on the graves of those 20 children, their teachers and 3000 plus other peopl who have recently died as a result of gun violence. What a shameful, sick, display!!!

    May 5, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. cheryl jordan

    I was raised in a household with numerous guns. We were taught to NEVER touch them...and we didn't. My father and brother have many guns today and support the laws in place, but they are not enough. New laws don't want to take away our rights...just make it harder for those that should never own a gun. Who's going to tell the family of a battered woman who was killed by her abusive ex...'sorry it was his right to bear arms'.

    May 5, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Silvia Morales

    GO GOP! I'm joining the NRA. Harry Reid is an armed coward.

    May 5, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Seth Hill

    I'm a liberal, I'm afraid of guns and will never own a gun. If you want to own a gun, fine. But comments on this forum endlessly dump on me, criticize me, insult me, etc. It gets depressing. Why do you gun owners hate me so much?

    May 5, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. lloyd roberts

    All of you that talk about so called, "liberal places" that have tough gun laws, yet gun crimes seem to be rising in those regions, you pick on tough gun laws. The reason why Chicago and New York are awash in guns is because they are brought in from other, close by states that have virtually no gun laws. 95% of the illegal guns used in crimes in New York can be traced to gun shows in Virginia and North Carolina. It is easier and safer for ex-drug dealers to bring guns up the east coast via I-95 than it is to bring drugs, and it is more profitable. Police on 95 are checking only for drugs, guns don't smell and dogs that stop people on 95 are not trained to sniff guns. And with the profit, a $600.00 gun in Virginia will bring up to $3000.00 in NYC. Why run drugs? Run guns. The penalties for running guns is much less severe than running drugs and the enforcement is non-existent when compared to enforcement of drug laws

    May 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Name

    Most of the time, the corporate big Whigs do their celebrating at a private club or on a yacht when they buy their legislation. Of course, we never hear about that.

    May 5, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Larry B.

    How appropriate for this to come up. Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the murder of four Kent State University students in Ohio by Ohio State national Guardsmen at a peaceful anti-VietNam war protest on the Kent State campus. I wonder how the NRA Nazi in Chief, LaPierre, would react if one of those killed was from his family. More guns anyone? How about you, Mr. LaPierre?

    May 5, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Fighting For the 2nd

    The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate will be in a lower position after the mid term election when the over 100-Million gun owners vote the gun grabbers out.

    May 5, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. The Right Left

    If guns provided safety and security, then we should be the safest country in the world. Not so. We are about as dangerous as a third world country running amuck with guns. We have the highest murder and crime rate of any modern western country, thanks to the easy access to guns. Having such an easy access to guns usually acquired via legitimate means such as gun shows, straw purchasers and theft from homes, encourages criminal behavior rather than deter it. 100-million people in this country own 300-million guns. Yet we are not safe. 32,000 annual deaths and 70,000 gun related injuries are just collateral damage for the NRA – the gun manufacturers lobbying group. They would rather see 500-million guns in the hands of 100-million people. No number is large enough

    May 5, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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