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April 17, 2013 - 1:30 pm

With Vice President Joe Biden presiding in the Senate, the Toomey-Manchin compromise on background checks failed as the first amendment of gun control legislation.

Sixty votes were needed for passage on the amendment, which fell 54-46. After the vote, a woman in the gallery yelled “Shame on you!”

Four Democrats voted “no”: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) voted no at the end of the voting as a procedural move that allows him to bring the bill back later.

Four Republicans voted “yes”: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

“If you committed to protecting Second Amendment rights you should vote for this bill,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) pleaded with his colleagues before the vote.

“If you want to remember those 20 babies… please consider you should vote for this bill.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has offered a substitute amendment, stood up in “strong” opposition to the amendment, saying it would snowball into federal gun registration.

“Expanded background checks would not have prevented Newtown,” Grassley said. “Criminals do not submit to background checks now, they will not submit to expanded background checks.”

“This amendment would start us down that road of registration,” he added.

The Grassley amendment failed 52-48, even with the assist of several Democrats: Begich, Baucus, Heitkamp, Pryor, Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

Seven more amendments to the gun bill are on the Senate agenda this afternoon.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), absent from the upper chamber for weeks, appeared in a wheelchair today to cast votes. He voted “yes” on Manchin-Toomey as his Democratic colleagues applauded.

“I did what I thought was the right thing for our country. I sought out a compromise position that I thought could move the ball forward on an important matter of public safety. My only regret is that our amendment did not pass,” Toomey said in a statement after the vote.

“It’s not the outcome I hoped for, but the Senate has spoken on the subject, and it’s time to move on,” the Pennsylvania Republican added. “We have a lot of other very important issues to deal with such as getting the economy back on track, dealing with the debt ceiling and creating more jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

“Although I am disappointed in the outcome of today’s vote for a commonsense measure to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill while protecting our Second Amendment rights, this is not the end of the debate,” Manchin said. “I thank Senator Pat Toomey, along with Senators Mark Kirk and Chuck Schumer, for their support on working toward a balanced approach to fix our culture of mass violence. Moving forward, I am hopeful that my colleagues and I can work together as we remember all the families who have suffered from senseless acts of violence across America. If we muster just one ounce of the courage these families have shown, then we, as a legislative body, can truly make a difference.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Repeal ALL Federal and state restrictions on firearms ownership. This would not only get this country back into compliance with the Bill Of Rights, it would free BATFE agents to be reassigned to the Border Patrol.
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Don't forget to punish the quislings that sided with the Democrats so this train wreck of a vote could take place. If you don't punish them you make it safe for them to keep selling you out. That is why we have such weasels on our side, we don't punish them.
1 year ago
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Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Amendment Fails

Yay!!!

You're toast, Toomey. Rino trash. Pennsylvania is a heavily-pro-2nd-amendment state.
1 year ago
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Obama was saying today the bill was worth passing if one child's life could be saved.

Think of how many children would live if we banned cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships. Ban matches and lighters. Ban toys. Ban electricity. It's for the children. It would save lives. It's worth it.
1 year ago
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--- Obama was saying today the bill was worth passing if one child's life could be saved

And what if MORE than one child could be saved by NOT infringing upon the right of good and honest Americans to bear and keep arms? And what if scores of children could be saved by simply ENFORCING the gun violence laws we have already???

You know, I sometimes get the idea that Obama would rather play upon our emotions than lay out any sort of logical argument for the positions he takes. But maybe I'm just an incorrigible anti-mullatto for even imagining such a thing.
1 year ago
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This link to Dohrn may work better:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2056028/posts
1 year ago
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Bernardine Dohrn must be rejoicing, She said, "Guns and grass are united in the youth underground." http://www.antiauthoritarian.net/sds_wuo/weather/wuo_communique_1.
1 year ago
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"fix our culture of mass violence"

Who, huh, wha? What culture of mass violence? We don't have a culture of mass violence. If he wants to see what that looks like, he should travel to the Middle East.
1 year ago
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Oops, his mask slipped a bit there. Maybe he missed some beauty sleep.
1 year ago
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“If you want to remember those 20 babies… please consider you should vote for this bill.”

HOW many times is it again per year that US citizens prevent themselves from being victimized , because they are carrying firearms? Over a million recorded incidents per year-1.5 million-???How many times do they merely have to show they are carrying to send a thug on his way, without a single shot being fired?

So because of 20 "babies" *,an indeterminate number of US citizens should be stripped of their right to self defense (eg, for the heinous crime of having once been prescribed an Rx anxiety medication if NY state is an indication of where this nonsense might have lead) leading to who knows how many more rapes, murders, car jackings-??? Yeah, that sounds real fair to me.... /s

*who of course were NOT 'babies", they were children-can we please sh#tcan the use of the word ""baby' to describe young people over 2 years old? I am seeing pregnant teenagers described in print/online as "babies", for pity's sake!
1 year ago
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“If you want to remember those 20 babies… please consider you should vote for this bill.”

Look, Barry, we have no ultimate control over evil. In this case the embodiment stole his mother's gun. Next time he will use a bomb. Or poison gas. Or a Chevy truck with twenty pitchforks welded to the front of it.

But this is not about corralling evil. It is about chipping away at the Bill of Rights. It is about imposing a new layer of federal-government control onto the lives of decent American citizens.

Look to Chicago, Barry. You want to stop the killings? Why not start by enforcing the laws that already exist there?
1 year ago
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Good. It needs to fail.
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