Republicans voting for the Gun Background Check that most Americans believe will undoubtedly turn into a database of legal gun owners, were John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (PA) and Mark Kirk (IL). Did I mention that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted AGAINST the legislation?
Democrats felt confident the compromise could pass once Toomey, a Republican with an A rating from the National Rifle Association, signed on. They were caught off guard by the vigorous lobbying campaign waged by the NRA, which warned lawmakers that Manchin-Toomey would be factored in its congressional scorecard.
What appeared to be a likely victory for Obama was resoundingly defeated by the Senate as jittery Democrats facing tough re-elections next year joined nearly the entire Republican conference.
The NRA released a statement immediately after the vote that said the measure would have “criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens.”
“As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools,” NRA executive director Chris Cox said in a statement. Source: The Hill