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Gun-control measures fail in U.S. Senate

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 17, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades on Wednesday, rejecting calls to tighten background checks on firearms buyers as they spurned the personal pleas of families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines were also defeated in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary.

A bid to loosen restrictions on concealed weapons carried across state lines also fell.

That last vote marked a rare defeat for the National Rifle Association on a day it generally emerged triumphant over President Barack Obama, gun-control advocates and individuals whose lives have been affected by mass shootings in Connecticut and elsewhere, some of whom watched from the spectator galleries above the Senate floor.

"Shame on you," shouted one of them, Patricia Maisch, who was present two years ago when a gunman in Tucson, Ariz., killed six and wounded 13 others, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Vice President Joe Biden gaveled the Senate back into order after the breach of decorum.

The background check measure commanded a majority of senators, 54-46, but that was well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats sided to scuttle the plan.

Speaking in the Rose Garden shortly after the Senate vote, Obama said it was a "shameful day" in Washington and that a minority of senators decided "it wasn't worth it" to protect the nation's children.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more details.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 17, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

It seems only reasonable that the underlying push for the gun-control measures being bantered by the liberal Democrats, has one goal in mind. That goal is to disarm the people of the United States so as to make them vulnerable to a hostile takeover of our government by people like Barack Obama.
Obama is aware of the accusations being directed towards him and the reasons for his push for gun-control. He knows you cannot directly refute those accusations in a way to convince everyone that he is as innocent as he claims. So he has turned to mocking sarcasm and ridiculing in an attempt to defray the seriousness of the situation.

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Populist says... April 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

I think the point of background checks is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and loonies who think the liberals are about to overthrow the government.

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pwellis09250734 says... April 17, 2013 at 7:09 p.m.

Thank God and the NRA!! The Socialist lose again.

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musicone says... April 17, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.

I am ashamed of our Senate. It is only reasonable to insist on gun registration for everyone. It certainly won't stop all criminals or all mentally unstable people from getting a gun, but it WILL stop SOME of them, and if the one it stops is the one who planned to shoot ME, I would think it was worth it! We need a statesman to arise in the land and speak up for what is right instead of just thinking about their chances of re-election. I have a hard time reconciling my understanding of Christianity with some of the words and actions of people who are so adamantly against any form of gun control.

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cliffcarson says... April 17, 2013 at 7:43 p.m.

Populist

You are correct. It was a bill concerning Background checks. As you said "to keep guns out of the hands of loonies".

But even if the five Democrats who voted against the bill had voted for it, it still wouldn't have passed, it would still have been less than the 60 required for passage.

The GOP goal is to stymie the will of the people. And not just in gun control. Remember this in 2014.

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GrimReaper says... April 17, 2013 at 8:27 p.m.

We did have statesmen who did the right thing.......46 of them. What we dearly need is some common sense among the "useful idiots" of our society. Obama said 90% of Americans supported this bill. If that were true, it should have passed overwhelmingly .

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chaschile says... April 17, 2013 at 8:27 p.m.

Obama is outraged and ashamed this legislation failed? He can get used to it; I was outraged and ashamed when he was elected to office.

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Populist says... April 17, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.

CliffCarson,

I will. I am very mad that this was voted down. I am not some leftie who wants total bans on guns except in a few of the most urban gang areas, but I am foremost a mom who believes that background checks are a reasonable restriction. If we can lock up the mentally ill and criminal, why can't we just deny them guns? This seems to be a reasonable first step. I am glad that Obama got angry! Too many politicians are just lacking any testicles. I guess Pryor had to do this, but I am not a happy camper.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 17, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

ww w.youtube.c om/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a0LwGnaKZy8#!

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T6 says... April 17, 2013 at 9:44 p.m.

And if banning abortion saves JUST ONE BABY IT'S WORTH IT....

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