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:
Not the carnage from Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were massacred by a gunman in December, igniting a national debate on gun control.
Not the impassioned pleas of Newtown survivors’ families, whose calls for expanded background checks for gun buyers so moved a pro-gun senator from West Virginia that he became their advocate.
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.
Newtown dad: ‘We’ll return home disappointed but not defeated’
Mark Barden, whose son, Daniel, was killed during the Newtown mass shooting, talks about the Senate voting down expanded background checks for gun sales, during a White House event with President Obama.
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.
And with an assault weapons ban seemingly dead in the water, focus is on whether Washington can push through legislation to expand background checks for all firearms purchases.
Although supported by around 90% of Americans, background checks are likely to face fierce opposition from, in the main, Republican lawmakers.
“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress too must act,” said the president. “And Congress must act soon.”
There are three main actions that the president wants Congress to take. The first is to mandate background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun. (Right now, gun buyers who want to avoid background checks can, for instance, purchase a gun from a private seller at a gun show.) The second is to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. And the third is to confirm Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Congress has not confirmed an ATF director in six years, and the president argued that doing so would improve the ability of that organization to help law enforcement in combating gun violence.
The president is also calling on Congress to ban armor-piercing bullets and pass new gun trafficking laws, pass his $4 billion plan that would provide funding for 15,000 police officers, and “end the freeze” on funding public health research on gun violence. FULL ARTICLE