Senate Cowards Value the NRA over Children’s Lives, Killing Background Checks Amendment

harryreidThe bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks to almost all gun purchases died in the Senate today, thanks to an immense act of cowardice on the part of both Republicans and Democrats. Once again, our elected officials have shown where their allegiance truly lies–with whoever is lining their pockets rather than with the electorate. Is anybody else getting sick and tired of the “dollars over common sense” theory these idiots seem to be ruled by? Even though almost all polls have shown between 80-90% support for expanded background checks, the Senate has spit in our face yet again, with a contempt for American lives that would make even Kim Jong Un blush.

I said a few weeks back that if we fail to demand universal background checks, then we’ve failed ourselves as a nation. That’s exactly what happened today. The Senate failed to utilize enough brainpower to pass even the easiest and most basic thing we can do on guns–something that does nothing to infringe on Second Amendment rights and is supported by a vast majority of gun owners. So who should take the majority of the blame? Of course, only 4 Republicans voted for the amendment in the Senate, so it will be easy for progressives to say ‘See, Republicans are at fault!’ Doing this completely ignores the fact that Democrats couldn’t even shore up the votes from their own party, and that points toward a complete and utter failure on the part of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Let’s not forget, Reid abandoned filibuster reform earlier this year–that reform could have prevented this outcome today. Not only that, but Reid has been an ally to the NRA in the past–he gained a B rating from the NRA for his generally pro-gun voting record. So it should come as no surprise when he fails to offer true leadership on issues like gun control, even when it comes to a watered down background checks amendment which was truly the least we could do while still doing something productive. And we’re supposed to think anything else has even the slightest chance of getting the votes needed to pass? Give me a break. Let’s look at exactly what happened here–Democrats used tragedy as a stepping stone to introducing positive legislation that they claim “wouldn’t have had the votes needed to pass previously.” Those same Democrats couldn’t even shore up their own party’s votes, much less bring over more than a handful of Republicans to vote for it. So what started as a real, positive gun control package, turned into a failure to pass even a watered down background checks amendment. If you’re a progressive, lay off blaming Republicans exclusively for this–a good chunk of your blame should go squarely on Harry Reid’s shoulders, and the shoulders of the 4 gutless Democrats who let their votes be dictated by lies.

The irony here is that the NRA wasn’t even successful in its attempt to propagate fear with the electorate on this amendment. They claimed that it would lead to a federal gun registry, opening the doors to the eventual confiscation of weapons by the government. This was, of course, a wild assumption and flat-out falsehood considering the legislation prohibits that from happening. And we weren’t buying it anyway, as evidenced by the numerous polls showing upwards of 90% support for expanded background checks. But that didn’t matter–all they had to do was make their stance against it publicly known on a wide scale, and that guaranteed instant backlash against it in the Senate. Aside from a few expletives, the only word that comes to mind on this is—pathetic.

The idea that expanding background checks to all gun sales is somehow unconstitutional, or would lead to the eventual destruction of the Second Amendment, is absurd. Of course this wasn’t a “fix-all” for gun violence in our country–it was a small step in the right direction, which should have been combined with better overall implementation of our background checks system and enforcement of our gun laws. The fact that we couldn’t even get this small step done shows exactly how much power the NRA still holds within our government, and the cowards responsible for allowing this to happen should consider becoming official NRA lobbyists, because they’re sure as hell not serving our interests.

Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr

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  • This article makes no sense. As President Obama noted, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate (including Harry Reid, who voted no in the end only to preserve his right to bring a motion for reconsideration) supported expanded background checks, while 90 percent of Republicans opposed them. We’re supposed to blame all Senate Democrats for what four Red State Democrats did? Using the magical word “leadership” doesn’t change the math. The author fails to explain how Democrats could have convinced more Republicans to buck their party and the NRA on this vote.

  • AUSTaxpayer

    Speading more lies I see.

    • wonder why the article doesnt post the bill number? did they read the bill or just type up sensationalism?

  • Wildcard21

    Id be more concerned with feel good altruism over common sense.

  • Justin

    We do not want more gun control. We need more pharmaceutical control.The senate did what it needed to do on this one.

    • nin phan

      It’s amazing how few people get this.

    • Like, stop me from getting my legal prescription meds? No thanks.

  • PERHAPS if the bastards who voted AGAINST this had some of THEIR friends and family killed by guns, they would’ve voted for this…they should be ASHAMED AS HELL that they put money before the childeren who died by the gun…….OR, better yet, perhaps if the Black people, the Hispanic people and those of other races than WHITE decided to buy guns, and when called the racist, bigoted, ignorant names that WHITE people seem to call those of color, SHOOT THE WHITE PEOPLE IN THE HEAD, these same racist bastards who voted against this would be way diffrent than what they are putting forward………and as for this no vote being from the “american people”, iike some have espewed, well, as usual, the conservative racist mind is speaking out of the side of it’s head again…….

    • Anthony Buzzin

      completely inappropriate.

    • Ummm what?

    • AUSTaxpayer

      Perhaps if you knew someone who was attacked and raped in their home you might change your mind about the need for self defense and the right to bear arms to do so. According to FBI 2009 statistics there are an average of 6025 burglaries in the US each day. There is nothing wrong with people owning guns to protect their families against criminals and crazies. Think a bit before you start ranting. The children were slaughtered by a man who was out of his mind, given access to guns by a mother that clearly used the worst judgement in history. Still it could have been prevented if those around him each day had acted to get him the mental help he needed rather than ignoring the problem. Your suggestions of hate and retaliation for perceived wrong doing are totally destructive in nature.

      • jabberwocky

        AUST, you are being way too reasonable for this bunch. I don’t know how they can ignore you logic but some how they can.
        Sad.

      • Grace

        Learn a martial art or some form of self defense other than shooting someone with an AK-47? They’re taking away the ability for the unstable to own a gun not taking your guns. Seriously, you guys act like spoiled children. Five extra minutes at the gun show making sure you’re not gonna go slaughter children isn’t gonna hurt anyone, it’s probably gonna help instead. -_-

      • AUSTaxpayer

        I really have no problem with background checks. I’ve submitted to them more than once. I do have a problem with Sen Feinstein who wants all guns out of the hands of Mr and Mrs America.( go look that up) I do have a problem when laws are passed limiting magazines to 7 bullets or less.How am I supposed to defend my home against a gang breaking in to steal if I only have 7 bullets. Martial arts..please…. will not do you any good against a gang with guns. You are the problem.. Go get a clue as to why people need more than 7 bullets.

    • jabberwocky

      Can someone work racism into this discussion?

    • Sarah

      Who do you think you are to blatantly commit acts of racism on a public forum? OH, that’s right. You can do that because my ancestors died to give you the freedom of speech. FYI, my very WHITE ancestors also died to free the slaves. Show some fucking respect you ignorant, racist, asshole!

  • racist much???

    • What part of his comments are racist?

      • Sick at this post

        Apparently any negative word spoken about Obama is racist. You didn’t know that? Really?

      • Johnny Carson

        Anything those goes against Obama is considered “racist” by the liberals… Ex: Obama doesn’t know how to handle the economy. Liberal response: “So you are saying that because he is black he doesn’t know how to handle money or the economy?”

        Obama throws a baseball like a little kid. Liberal response: “Do you think that because he is black he should be good at sports?!” They always play the race card.

      • Guest

        The comment he was referring to was removed. It was clearly racist and very violent.

  • Cyndy C

    The fight is not over and if more people would stay informed as to how the senate operates you would know that Senator Reid did what he had to do as the majority leader to be able to bring it up for a vote again. Stop blaming due to your own ignorance and thank the man for keeping the bill alive.

  • Pegg Robinn

    Our
    Senate and our House has been bought and paid for. We have to except
    the fact that they are as corrupt as they come. No heart and no soul!!!
    It’s sad but true!

    • jabberwocky

      Cry me a river.

  • It’s not just about the children, guys. This is a multifaceted issue.

    • If it’s not about the children, then wth is it about? Please tell me!

      • crabjack

        Like almost everything else in this country, t’s about the money. The gun and ammunition manufacturers are willing to see some our children die to protect their bottom line.

      • AUSTaxpayer

        Maybe it’s more about individual rights. If you want to help stop the spree shootings search for “brief history of psychotropic drugs and mass murder”. Read , and continue to research there is much supporting evidence out there. We should petition congress to study this problem.

      • jabberwocky

        Believe whatever nonsense you wish.

  • Someone please explain to me how this legislation would have prevented any of the recent mass murders? The only point of this legislation was to give the aholes in DC the ability to say they did something. What a crock. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but until we get a handle on the mentally ill and the criminals in our country this type of thing is going to continue. At least put someone in the schools that can defend our children. Common sense.

    • AUSTaxpayer

      Nice to see that there are some who have not been fooled.

  • Convicted criminals are already banned from owning a gun. What the hell is another background check gonna do to help?

    • Donald

      If there are no background checks, how will someone selling a gun know that the buyer is a criminal?

      • Sick at this post

        You realize there are already background checks. No? Research, people!

      • jabberwocky

        You just ask them. They wouldn’t lie about something like that.

  • Mom of two

    Someone please explain to me this insatiable desire to possess a lethal weapon. The 2nd Amendment was written over 200 years ago, a very different time. It’s authors could not have envisaged it being used to legislate the use of high capacity automatic weapons designed for war. And I’m sure they had no intention of it being used by pathetic cowards to push forward the interests and agenda of the NRA. Because that, my friends, is exactly what it is being used for. Congress proved that today. Hang your heads in shame you pathetic, corrupt cowards. Shame on you for betraying your constituents in favor of lining your pockets. Suffer the little children, indeed. Guns are obviously much more important.

    • Sick at this post

      You really think those of us who support the constitution are being bought by the NRA? Have you ever studied history? The critical freedoms that so many have died for? What has happened in other countries that have followed this freedomless path we seem to be on? Or is that no longer being taught with the common core?

      • Mom of two

        I’ve both read and studied your constitution. Thankfully, I live in Australia so I witness every day what happens to a country that follows the ‘freedomless path’ you speak of. REAL freedom is what happens. The ability to walk down the street, go to a movie, send my kids to school and other everyday mundane things, without the fear of some idiot with an automatic weapon ripping my world to shreds. The critical freedoms you speak of have already been achieved so please don’t use them to justify the right to bear high capacity automatic weapons, as if they are so integral to your freedom.

      • jabberwocky

        You live in Australia and you are commenting here?
        Get a life.

      • Mom of two

        Are you serious? I have relatives in the States, jaberwanker. But even if I didn’t, the incessant murder of innocents affects the world, not just America. Successive politicians have allowed the 2nd amendment to somehow morph into the right to bear weapons of war, designed to kill the maximum amount of people in the minimum amount of time, are the results of this are plastered across our screens every single day, not just yours. So how about you get a life, get your head out of the sand and realise what the ill-interpretation of your bill of ‘rights’ has resulted in.

      • jabberwocky

        You’re not getting my guns.
        End of story.

      • jabberwocky

        I posted the youtube clip explaining violent crimes are up in Australia after the ban. It was censored.

      • Sick at this post

        As a nationalized American who has lived overseas and seen firsthand the downward spiral of countries who follow a liberal agenda (admittedly not Australia), I love being able to walk outside without fear of my cell phone being ripped off my person, enjoy the twilight and stars without fear of brutal attack, knowing that a finding a dead man in my water tank would be major news and not just in the course of ordinary events, etc. etc. What I see, over and over, is that crime is directly related to economy. The poorer people get, the more desperate they become. Life becomes cheap. A war escalates between haves and have-nots. Unless our government can get a grip on basic economics, which only benefit from freedom outlined in our constitution, crime will continue to increase.

    • AUSTaxpayer

      Guns are used to defend life as well as to take it violently. There is nothing wrong with people owning guns for personal defense. The desire to see your children grow to adulthood and to be able to protect your family from the violent people in society is what drives the desire to own a lethal weapon.

      • Mom of two

        That’s the irony! Everyone needs a gun to protect themselves from everyone else. And so it keeps going on and on. It’s simply ridiculous.

        You can defend life with a pistol. There’s simply no place for high capacity automatic weapons in a home. They should be illegal. They were designed for war so, unless you want your streets and your home to be a war zone, they should be legislated against and eliminated from the civilian arena.

      • AUSTaxpayer

        Wrong again Mom. Most home invasions in the US are perpetrated by multiple assailants. Research shows that it takes an average of two to three hits to the torso, with a 9mm pistol to stop an attacker, even then 14% of them continue their attack, due to body mass, protective clothing or other reasons. Having more than 10 rounds available for protection against multiple attackers is perfectly reasonable. The problem with most of the people who want gun control and magazine limits is that they know very little about guns, other than what they have seen in the movies, or on the evening news. BTW my pistol holds 15 rounds and I keep an extra loaded magazine next to it in the safe for this reason.

      • jabberwocky

        Exactly right AUS. I have a Glock 17 with three magazines. I can put 51 slugs into the bad guys if I am very accurate. Hopefully that will be enough.

      • AUSTaxpayer

        I hope I never have to shoot at anyone, I also hope that If I do the police will arrive before I end up being the dead one.

      • so somebody kicks your door in with a weapon in hand….how are you going to get to your safe…..roflmao

      • AUSTaxpayer

        The safe is next to my bed I can open it and retrieve the gun in under 4 seconds. Google Fort Knox Original Pistol Safe.

      • jabberwocky

        Linda isn’t really interested in anything like facts. She is a progressive lackey.

      • Grace

        You’ve shown no interest in facts. I’m not understanding your logic. You really have to be either a troll or someone to crazy and dangerous to be allowed to own a gun. Are you planning to shoot up a school or something any time soon? I feel you need to just go have a nice conversation with the police amounting to about what you just told us.

      • jabberwocky

        Simple. It won’t be in a safe. If you put it in a safe you can’t get to it quick enough. Most bad guys can’t get in with one single kick to the door so you have a few precious seconds to get prepared to defend your own life. I hope you experience it sometime first hand. You might appreciate a gun more in that case. But probably not. You’d be too busy roflmao.

      • Mom of two

        Wow. So you actually carry a weapon around the house, just in case there’s a home invasion? Do you actually get how insane that sounds? And isn’t it the law to securely lock away your guns anyway? What happens if your child gets their hands on the weapon and blows their own face off? Seriously, you don’t just have blinkers on, you have an iron blindfold that’s been moulded around your eyes with little-to-no chance of any light ever filtering through. I’m just blown away with this jaw-dropping pseudo-logic. Wow. Seriously, just Wow!

      • Grace

        You really are a troll right? I’m starting to think you really are too stupid to be real.

      • jabberwocky

        Assault rifles are considered to be excellent weapons for home defense where you may need many rounds since you are shaking with fear. Hard to hit a target in that situation. Try it some time.

    • jabberwocky

      OK Mom….someone(s) is breaking into my house. They are bigger and stronger and they have a weapon that can kill me. I could call 911 but would most likely be dead by the time they arrived (things happen fast in a break in). You want to take my right to save my own life away from me. Not sure why.

      • They are not trying to take your right away! Read only the black of the bill and quite reading crap into it that isn’t there! They are just saying that if you buy off the internet, gun shows etc. There has to be a BG check the same as if you bought it over the counter.

      • Sick at this post

        Precisely. Read the bill. Not the white house/media talking points.

      • Grace

        Learn Martial Arts. Why is a gun the only way to defend yourself? I don’t want a gun and I’m terrified of someone threatening or hurting me, so I decided to learn self defense instead.

    • if the 2nd amendment is no longer needed then so is your 1st amendment

      • Grace

        We’ve already lost our first amendment. Try going somewhere and NOT being pro-war, pro-gun, pro-Christian is the only real religion, anti-abortion, or anti-gay. You pretty much get bullied out of your opinion or beaten up by all the crazies that disagree.

  • Sick at this post

    Why are we not dealing with the economy, the #1 priority in the majority of all Americans’ minds, regardless of party affiliation? This diversionary tactic is pathetic. And perhaps our senators actually listened to the PEOPLE for a change. The poll #s, if the “non-partisan” polls I’ve participated in are any are any example, are bogus. Clear liberal slant, no conservative choices available. Get real!

  • jabberwocky

    We the people have won. We, the red blooded Americans, have won.
    We kicked some butt…..some Obama butt….some Feinstein butt…some Bloomberg butt.
    We can not rest however. They will be back to restrict our Second Amendment rights. They can’t quite understand that if you take guns from people who obey the law then only the thugs will still have guns (and there are millions of thugs).
    Would someone tell Bill Maher the Second Amendment is still intact.
    I’m proud to be an American.

  • So, all of the articles like this one complain about how the Senate voted – how about publishing WHO in the Senate voted down this bill!

  • timthethree

    Really really?? How about all 2000 plus children that are aborted every single day? Get Back to me Rachel when you really start supporting the lives of children and call out the real issue that is destroying the lives of woman and children daily….hypocrite.

    • Amy Jones

      They’re not children, they’re cells. If someone doesn’t want a kid and doesn’t want to pay to give birth to the little parasite they shouldn’t be forced to. Perhaps your mom should have looked into it a bit more…