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. Bee


    It started in 2009. It isn't that hard to figure out why.

    May 5, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. pprty

    Cancelled my NRA membership.

    May 5, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. jg

    The gun issue aside, the real tragedy is that lobby money can out vote the 90% will of US citizens. Even if the law would not have changed much, for the conservatives to tell the American people to essentially go to hell like that, well, it's just another nail in a sinking GOP coffin. As far as liberals being "the problem", conservatives fought for the British in the revolution, tried to make so only white male land owners could vote, opposed the end to slavery, women's suffrage, championed McCarthyism, the Iraq war, the KKK, the completely failed war on drugs, and on and on. Conservatism is nothing to be proud of.

    Also, that list of liberal killers Iceaxedave just made up. Lanza was a conservative raised by a gun nut mom. Jared Loughner was as far right as you can get, right down to rejecting US currency because it wasn't gold or silver. I'm not going to take the time to look up the rest since, obviously, neither did he,

    May 5, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Robyn


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

    Yes, it looks just the same. "Made up 'Facts'" are "Made up 'Facts'"
    No matter who makes them up.

    May 5, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Pete

    Hey, Iceaxdave, everyone one of these liberals bought their weapon(s) from a conservative happy to sell to someone they knew would kill other people with it.

    May 5, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. C


    Submitted for your approval: a list of notorious murderers, (#) killed, and whether they were NRA rednecks or liberals.


    Submit some proof to back up your list, and The Blaze, Breitbart, Conservopedia and the like don't count. Good luck finding anything. Until then the only thing you can say for a fact is that they were all males. Ban males and save lives.

    May 5, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. pattianne

    The Democrats celebrated when they passed Obamacare. What is wrong with the NRA "celebrating " what they worked hard to win. I am all for background checks, but it lost and the majority of no voters in the Congress won that vote. Now we have to listen to the whiners, whether they are independents, republicans, or democrats.

    May 5, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Thomas

    It's a matter of time , and lost lives , more shootings , more killings , then this bill or a similar bill will be passed .

    Over 60% of Americans favor the bill , it's just a matter of time .

    Obsessed with guns and the fear of revaluation , we are looking like a tribal people with a short term memory .

    May 5, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Name willard

    I said mocked out of durbin that NRA are right but people are loved only sport hunt and home also parent must respiobile keep watch kids but don't touch of gun

    May 5, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Kregg

    they dont get their way, so they blast the NRA LOL bunch of cry babies, if their that thin skinned then they dont deserve to be in office

    May 5, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Horse Badorties

    Fight Terrorism: Stop the NRA.

    May 5, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. RNK

    so, iceaxdave,
    how do you know the political beliefs of these people? FOX news? so, made up "facts".

    most of the NRA arguments are nonsense, used to scare people who are incapable of rational thought. If you are afraid of tyranny a rifle or shotgun will not help you much when you are facing snipers, trained military, tanks, ....
    You claim that the NRA wants the current laws enforced and not a bunch of new laws that do nothing.
    Great. except that the exception that allows internet and gun sow purchases WITHOUT a background check is a very easy way for criminals to get guns. It will not stop gun violence. Just like all the laws against theft and murder and speeding do not stop those things. But, we do not throw out laws because they fail to stop all the crime.
    I know people who own guns and keep them locked up and know how to handle them. They want to see these laws pass. They have not been afraid of having their guns confiscated by some government group.
    I also know someone who wants to make sure he can buy bullets 24/7 – just in case. He is a high school drop out whose hobby is preparing for the end of the world.

    May 5, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Jesse

    Super majority of police did not support this, the house won't mose of the senate won't. The military does not. So if people who live in it day to day and are subject matter experts are not behind it. Then why would listen to idealists who have this view of a fairy tale world. Oh you can't get a gun, then you will build a bomb.

    Lets talk about the schools thave 0 security measures like Sandy Hook. Run and hide is not security. The school officials sacrificed those kids with not protecting them. Why can't you put a police station in the school. Just having cops coming and going would make people think twice. Vermont State Police does it and that state (healthiest state 6 years in a row, in the top 3 for safety for decades and has 10 guns per person with 0 gun laws) has little police resources, they did it while sharing a border with NY.

    May 5, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Scott


    What pure, total nonsense. First, you selective chose your listing. Second, you are simply wrong in your claims about these folks' political persuasions. Klebold a liberal? Hah. Gacy a liberal? Hah. I can make stuff up too, but I don't expect people to believe it when I do.

    May 5, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Richard Right

    There are reliable Democratic Senators but Reid and Durbin aren't in that group and its sad that Reid was able to intimidate his betters so that he was again selected as Senate majority leader.

    May 5, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. RNK


    I agree with you. I have never owned a gun – I don't hunt and I don't feel any need to own one. I have lived in cities of about 120,000 – 250,000 and I have never felt that I ever needed a gun to be safe. I will be 60 soon and I have never been in a situation that I needed a gun. But, to hear the NRA tell it – I should carry one all the time to protect myself. I do believe in strict gun control. I have not pushed for confiscation and I do not know anyone who ever has.

    May 5, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Scott

    @Norm Jacobsen: You have it completely backwards. The places with the toughest gun laws tend to have the least gun violence. That's just simply, well-established fact.

    May 5, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Yep

    @oldschool: For every firearm that I have purchased there was a background check. Maybe if they would have tried to pass something with "mental health issues" That would stop people like your "like minded ideas" friend in Aurora Colorado!

    May 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. The Will of the Majority

    Only a sociopath would be gleeful about ginning up record gun sales with 2nd amendment hype before the bodies of dead, innocent children are even buried. That's how the NRA rolls! (And the GOP)

    May 5, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. mcwreiole

    Mr. Durbin. I am not a gun advocate and I don't own a gun,however I too celebrated the defeat of this useless mindless knee-jerk legislation. Oh, also did you enjoy celebrating a free press at the big shin-dig with all the Hollywood celebs and the Washington, D.C. celebs? I'd bet there were more guns in that room than there were in the NRA meeting.

    May 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Pendy

    "...convicted felons have guns,” Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Sunday..."

    Mr. Durbin: Convicted felons are not allowed to have guns NOW. None of your proposed unconstitutional gun laws will change that, nor will the felons have any more difficulty obtaining guns.

    May 5, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Mark

    You almost which those cheering at the NRA convention would lose a loved one to gun violence and then see how they feel. You almost wish it, but don't, because no one should suffer that tragedy, like the 5 year old who got a real rifle for a present and then accidentally shot and killed his sister. This is the right, to give a 5 year old a rifle, that the NRA is cheering about???

    May 5, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. norma jean.

    You absolutly refuse to print a memo reminding people that the Constitution was written in times that a gun was a clumsy "one shot at a time" and they could not kill 20 children in less than five minutes.. WHY won't you print that??? IT IS TRUE!!!

    May 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. mcwreiole

    Joe, "there hasn't been one president who advocated taking anyone's guns or tight to carry away" UNTIL NOW.

    May 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Mike Weston

    Drugs are illegal as well...but how many of them are on the street? If you try to outlaw guns...then only the criminals will them and drugs...not a good combination. Here is a thought...prosecute criminals to the nth degree of the law if you want to help solve the issue. Make sure prisons are rehabilitation centers, not black market crime...

    May 5, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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