Following the Senate’s vote against the passing of a gun control amendment, President Barack Obama issued a very candid statement from the White House’s Rose Garden on Wednesday afternoon (April 17).
Accompanied by the parents of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Commander-in-Cheif expressed his disappointment in the Senate’s decision to block “common-sense measures to reduce gun violence” in the United States. After hours of stonewalling and with only 54 members in favor of the change, the Senate fell short of the 60-vote threshold needed to bring the gun control tactics to fruition – measures which involved conducting background checks on those purchasing the deadly weapon.
All in all, this is a pretty shameful day for Washington.
President Obama pointed out that although 90% of Americans supported the legislation, there were still no “coherant” reasons as to why a majority of Republicans were against the notion… Candidly, the President stated that it all “came down to politics” and that there was worry from the opposing party that “the vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections” and “that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment.”
Regardless of the reasoning behind the 46 Senate votes against smarter background checks, the President reminds Americans that his administration’s efforts to knock down barriers preventing a decrease in gun violence will still continue. Obama also stressed that the American people should not give up and remember the power of voting:
But we can do more if Congress gets its act together. And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.
To all the people who supported this legislation — law enforcement and responsible gun owners, Democrats and Republicans, urban moms, rural hunters, whoever you are — you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.
Former representative and victim of gun violence, Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) also shared her disappointment with the Senate majority in a fundraising email shortly after the amendment notion was denied:
Over two years ago, when I was shot point-blank in the head, the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. It’s clear to me that if members of the U.S. Senate refuse to change the laws to reduce gun violence, then we need to change the members of the U.S. Senate.
Although a majority of the 56 votes were that of the Democrats, 4 Republicans were in favor of the new background check amendment. Meanwhile, 5 Democrats voted against the notion. Click HERE to see who in the U.S. Senate voted for or against the new gun control amendment.
Now that Congress and the Senate majority have rejected a more effective measure into strengthening gun control, what are your thoughts? If the legislation had passed,
Do you think gun violence would have reduced significantly or remained the same?
Speak on it down below.