Another big test for new gun laws in the Senate
April 15th, 2013
12:49 PM ET
9 years ago

Another big test for new gun laws in the Senate

Washington (CNN) - It was hard enough getting one Democrat and one Republican to work out a compromise on expanding background checks of gun buyers.

Now comes the vote on whether the amendment by Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey can win Senate approval - the next step on the tortuous path of gun legislation in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    Toomey and Manchin are both A rated members of the NRA. Any legislation they're proposing doesn't have me jumping out of my seat. The bill is probably watered down tremendously.

    April 15, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. just sayin

    doesn't require crazy people to register. what good is a background check when the info isn't there to check? just more useless democrat bs. another pretend solution.

    April 15, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, finding 7 GOP Senators with the conscience and spine to vote in favor of this will be a challenge, no doubt.

    April 15, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    What a beautiful picture!!!

    April 15, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. truth hurts but reality bites

    If the Democrats truly cared about protecting children, they would ban abortion doctors.

    April 15, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. much thunder..little rain

    i hope it passes..but there is evil in the world and i dont think it will stop those people of doing harm

    April 15, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. 82nd ABN VET

    According to my count, there are at least 2 Dems that will not vote for this.

    To get 60, that means that there needs to be at least 7 Repubs willing to cross the line and vote for it.

    So far, Toomey and McCain look to be in favor of this (Toomey co-authored it).

    That means they need at least another 5 Repubs to vote in favor.

    Then in the House.........

    Repubs have 234 members to the Dems 201 members.

    So, even if you only need a "simple majority" in th House, meaning you need 218 votes in favor, the Dems need to pick up at least 17 House Repubs to vote in favor of this.

    Now if the House requires 60%, the Dems would need 261 votes, meaning a pick up of 60 Repubs is required.

    The House is where there will be the most resistance to this legislation. I can see the Senate getting enough votes to pass this legislation, but the House looks like it will be an un-winable battle.

    I wouldnt be suprised if at least 1 or two more Dems in the Senate come out against the bill prior to voting time. Landrieu in Louisiana is a likely candidate.

    April 15, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Ferret out the BS

    I find it rather paradoxical that the compromise legislation doesn't require background checks between family members yet this was precisely how the Newtown murderer got his weapons, unfortunately his mother paid the ultimate price and the murderer got his weapons. So, in that regard should the immediate family be looked at in addition to the individual purchasing the weapon? How far should we or shouldn't we go in pursuit of prevention of these mass killings?

    It seems to me that the majority, if not all Americans, are interested in protection of rights and are against the government having too much information on us. But we want prevention of these mass killings, not being left to reacting afterwards and burying the bodies. At least this legislation seems to address that concern and should be considered and not discarded because of paranoia concerning the 2nd amendment.

    April 15, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine


    Take all weapons from Democrats and expose non gun owners to criminals. Make it easier to rob, rape, mutilate, and murder liberal vermin. This would solve most of Amerioca's problems.
    That is just one sample of the mindset of the average conservative. I'm use they are impressed with themselves, but are any moderates or thinking Republicans happy with this kind of rhetoric?

    April 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. P G Williams

    If you loved your neighbours as yourself you wouldn't want them gunned down, you would "put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword" (Matthew 26: 52)

    April 15, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. g

    drug dealers, gang bangers and the NRA are against back ground checks.wonder why

    April 15, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts but reality bites

    If the Democrats truly cared about protecting children, they would ban abortion doctors.
    That's the GOP: get outraged if they are in the womb, but its open season once they come out. They've already been cheering the murders of abortion providers for years, so why not complete the circle and arm every kid. The only thing that can stop a bad toddler with a gun is a good toddler with a gun: just ask the family of the kid shot by the 4 year old recently.

    April 15, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tommy G

    What a beautiful picture!!!
    Yes, once its beaten into a plowshare.

    April 15, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Pass gun-bans. Period. We need education not gun...

    April 15, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |