(Reuters) – In the end, nothing could persuade enough U.S. senators to approve the most significant gun legislation in two decades:
And not the support of President Barack Obama, who was inspired by Newtown to make gun control the first major initiative of his second term.
The U.S. Senate‘s key vote on Wednesday wasn’t exactly a rejection of expanded background checks, gun-control advocates were careful to point out.
Most senators – 54 – approved the measure, which polls indicated was backed by more than 80 percent of Americans. But because Republicans threatened to use a filibuster to block any gun proposal that did not get 60 votes in the 100-member Senate, the plan to expand background checks to sales made online and at gun shows fell short.
And just like that, the most aggressive push for gun control in a generation did, too.
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- The Last Time Major Gun Control Legislation Was Killed In Congress (buzzfeed.com)
- Bloomberg Decries Death of Background Check Bill in Senate (politicker.com)
- Senate Rejects Expanding Gun Background Checks (albanytribune.com)