Why the Background Check Bill Failed

Thursday, April 18, 2013

gun shop store (Curtis Gregory Perry/flickr)

The United States Senate on Wednesday voted down proposed restrictions to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Among the proposals defeated, a bipartisan plan to expand background checks to online and gun shows and a ban on rapid-fire assault weapons, like the one used in Newtown, Connecticut.  

President Barack Obama called Wednesday, "a pretty shameful day for Washington," and the parents of Sandy Hook victims in Washington for the vote agreed. "Our hearts are broken, our spirit is not," said Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden.

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at the final political showdown and considers whether the NRA has won the gun debate-- and why.


Todd Zwillich

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Mythili Rao

Comments [4]

Nick_A from NY

People must remember that progressives are far less concerned with children than with taking control. Control is the aim of the progressive agenda at the expense of freedom.

As a simple proof, have any of these progressive leaders come out against the celebration of gun violence in the media and video games and demanded action against it as they do with guns? Their avoidance promotes gun violence.

Consider this simple proposal. If progressive leaders were concerned with children it would be in effect tomorrow. It won't.. Understanding why reveals that child safety is secondary. In order to gradually take guns from American citizens, there must be gun violence to demand it. As proof I propose what will never happen since it would serve to lessen gun violence: Support the:

"Five Dollar Sir Charge"

This new slogan refers to the growing effort to lessen gun violence by reducing the glorification of gun violence in movies and in video games. Pressure must be put on the government to place a five dollar sir charge on all movie tickets and video games glorifying gun violence. The revenues collected would serve to fund research into mental health.

As President Obama has said: if even one life is saved it is worth it. Ask your representatives to demand the five dollar sir charge on all movies and video games glorifying gun violence

Apr. 19 2013 01:10 AM
Ryan from USA

So the terrorists can still by guns without a background check. How messed up is that? We have to put up with screenings at the airport and the patriot act, which neither had as much support as background checks.

Can somebody walk out of prison and buy a gun? Apparently!

The way this deck is stacked I'm grateful we don't have mass shootings all the time.

This isn't about responsible gun owners, this is about nothing stopping stopping criminals and crazies from legally buying guns and doing god knows what with them!

Apr. 18 2013 07:28 PM

The bill was certain to be defeated in the House
and instead it was defeated in the Democratic controlled
Senate. Is Obama upset because he was denied
a political wedge issue which suggests that
despite the indignation nearly everything he
and his supporters do is done for calculated political

Apr. 18 2013 02:24 PM

It seems the emotional scolding and shameless demagoguery
of politicians and the press on this and other issues doesn't extend to a
certain doctor's trial in Philadelphia.

Apr. 18 2013 09:23 AM

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