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Did you see Kelly Ayotte at her town hall meetings? She has all the charm and warmth of…an ice cube…or Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the Senate. Kelly showed her constituents what it is to be a GOP Lemming. When they asked her, “What is so wrong with universal background checks,” Senator Ayotte regurgitated the script that all Republican stooges have memorized invoking current laws and mental health concerns. [Gun control advocates are not for creating a national gun registry.] As is typical with Republican critics of new gun control legislation, Ayotte offered nothing new to the national conversation. Heretofore, I thought of Kelly as a backdrop to male GOP colleagues when they speak on TV. It is too bad our Forefathers did not give us the option of recalling politicians who ignore the will of 90% of the people. 😦 —GoodOleWoody
(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.
News from The Hill:
Senate rejects tougher background checks on gun purchases
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it.
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THE GUARDIAN/ UK
By Matt Williams, New York
President Barack Obama is set on signing the “strongest bill” possible on gun control, a White House aide said Sunday amid fears of watered down legislation and the jettisoning of universal background checks.
Congress is due to return from it spring recess on Monday with debate over America‘s lax laws on gun ownership high on the agenda.
Although supported by around 90% of Americans, background checks are likely to face fierce opposition from, in the main, Republican lawmakers.
By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News
The Senate will take up a new bill next month intended to require background checks for every firearm purchase in the country — and proponents of the legislation are girding for a major political showdown against supporters of gun rights and its principal advocacy group, the National Rifle Association.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as one of the most forceful national backers of stricter gun laws, and this weekend launched a $12 million television ad campaign meant to pressure wavering senators to support the new legislation when they return from their holiday break. FULL ARTICLE