Senate Gun Background Check Fails 54-46: 5 Dems Vote Against Including Harry Reid – 4 Repubs Vote For

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?

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

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

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  • Ronald J. Ward

    I’m wondering precisely what you’re trying to emphasize when you bring to attention the question; “Did I mention that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted AGAINST the legislation?”. Are you hoping to sell some perception that perhaps Reid is some hypocrite, maybe a turncoat, or crossed the president? I mean, I think you understand the Senate rules enough to realize that Reid had to vote no in order to secure the ability to bring the legislation back to the floor as otherwise, it would die in the Senate. Unless I’m misunderstanding your reasoning of that statement, it appears you are either unaware of Senatorial protocol or you’re relying on the ignorance of your readers in order to mislead them. Just wondering.

  • Ronald J. War, “precisely” what I’m pointing out is that Reid hasn’t a principled cell in his body. We’re talking about the 2nd Amendment – so how about some principle? He has not given a nod to the legislation or even a wink one way or the other. Nevada will crucify him if he votes for this.

  • Ronald J. Ward

    To be clear, Harry Reid stated today “I want everyone to understand this is just the beginning. This is not the end. Ninety percent of Democrats here on the floor stood with 90 percent of the American people for expanding background checks. I appreciate very much a handful of Republicans that crossed the aisle to stand with us on this common-sense issue. The fight has just begun. It’s not going away.”
    That just doesn’t sound like someone that hasn’t given a wink or nod one way or the other on this issue. On one hand, you say he voted “no” for fear of his constituents. On the other, you say he’s unprincipled. Yet, no credit for supporting these constituents that you say he’s not only representing to their assumed wishes, but voting in favor of your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
    But the fact is, he voted no in order to bring the bill back to the floor for another vote.