Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted down a bill on gun background checks 54-46, bringing angry shouts of “shame on you” to the Senate floor.
The plan, proposed as part of a bipartisan bill by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Sen Pat Toomey, R-Pa., aimed to expand background checks to all sales at trade shows and through the Internet.
Needing 60 votes to break the filibuster, only four Republican senators crossed the party line to vote in favor of the bill, including Toomey, while four Democrats, from states with strong gun ties, voted against it.
Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, where 27 people, including 20 children were killed, the Aurora theater shootings, where 12 people were killed, and the 2011 Tucson shootings involving former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, where six people were killed, close to 90 percent of Americans have made their voices heard that they want stricter background checks on guns., according to a Qunnipiac poll.
This package wasn’t the most liberal or progressive to be brought to the Senate, and it wasn’t the bill the American people wanted.
It was just a common sense bill intended to keep a watchful eye on people purchasing guns.
But common sense was overlooked, and those voices were ignored.
To say President Barack Obama was upset is an understatement.
“All in all, this is a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said last week. “The American people are trying to figure out — how can something that has 90 percent support not happen?”
Following the vote on the bill, it was revealed neither of the individuals allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings and the shooting death of a MIT police officer, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had a license to own a gun, according to Huffington Post.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is under 21 and would be not allowed to apply for a license, and there is no record of Tamerlan Tsarnaev applying for one.
It’s just one more punch in the gut for gun control supporters.
Supporters of this bill have said they will not back down and be quieted and will continue to fight for reform.
Senate members have their own beliefs and opinions about money issues. But when 90 percent of Americans want more gun background checks, it’s time to set those opinions aside and listen to the public. It’s not something to be disregarded.
At the end of the day, these senators were elected and sent to Washington, D.C., for one reason — to represent the people.
But in this case, the people were ignored and were not represented.
On Wednesday, Senate members failed at their jobs, and come election time, the voices of those ignored will be heard once again.