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April 18, 2013 - 8:58 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) charged senators who shot down gun-control amendments with ignoring “everybody in America from every state.”

“The forces that worked to defeat this amendment became so obsessed with the defeating any commonsense reforms whatsoever, they lost sight of the big picture. The big picture sometimes is little pictures. People like Jessica when to watch a movie and was gunned down in Aurora, Colorado. Families I met today from Newtown, beautiful little children were murdered. This is just the beginning,” Reid told reporters.

The senator said “time and time again on issue after issue,” Republicans put their “short-term political goals and interests” above the interests of “mainstream America.”

“The American people are awake, alert, paying attention, they’re not going to stand for this forever, what just took place,” Reid continued.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the names of GOP Sens. Pat Toomey (Pa.), Susan Collins (Maine), John McCain (Ariz.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) “need to placed on record as four who stood up for sensible gun safety laws in America.”

“Those of us who know our form of government know it is not the end. There is more that we can do and will do reaching out to convince those members who voted the other way today and perhaps in the next election to challenge them, to bring the issue forward to the American people that this is worth a fight,” Durbin said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said “brute political force won out over what is right and America will be a less safe place because of it.”

“Things change quickly here in Washington. They’ve changed for gay marriage. They’re changing for immigration and they will change for gun safety sooner than you think,” he predicted.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the votes “probably the saddest day of my years in public life.”

“The hardest part was to try to look these families in the eye and explain to them how 90 percent of the American people can be on their side and the United States Senator failed to reach 60 votes,” he said. “I haven’t the words yet.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran 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 is an NPR contributor and 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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Just trade out the name of this legislation for Obamacare and retread it. Hmmm?
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The senator said “time and time again on issue after issue,” Republicans put their “short-term political goals and interests” above the interests of “mainstream America.”
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No Harry - for once - a few people were smart enough to look beyond a largely manufactured crisis (Newtown was tragic, but not a crisis) and not passing misguided legislation in order to look like they were doing something - that in the long run would have diminished the rights of Americans without any benefits.
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LOL! According to the Senate record, among those Senators voting "No" was one Reid (D) - NV. I wonder who that might have been???
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Holy crap, they can't NOT lie, can they?

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) charged senators who shot down gun-control amendments with ignoring “everybody in America from every state.”" No comment required.

“The forces that worked to defeat this amendment became so obsessed with the defeating any commonsense reforms whatsoever, they lost sight of the big picture." 1. no common sense was evident in the measures. 2. No, we who were paying attention WERE looking at the big picture - namely, what happens when a government has a monopoly on weapons.

"The senator said “time and time again on issue after issue,” Republicans put their “short-term political goals and interests” above the interests of “mainstream America.” Pure projection.

“The American people are awake, alert, paying attention, they’re not going to stand for this forever, what just took place,” Reid continued.

Yes, we are awake, alert, and paying attention. That's why you lost.

“Those of us who know our form of government know it is not the end. There is more that we can do and will do reaching out to convince those members who voted the other way today and perhaps in the next election to challenge them, to bring the issue forward to the American people that this is worth a fight,” Durbin said. They don't call him "Dick" for nothing. As he notes, we can't relax yet.

Good lord, these people are either idiots, or they think we are. Or both.
1 year ago
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I'm aware that politicians will lie as blatantly as necessary to get what they want. It's sad, but it's in the nature of politics: the pursuit of power over others. What's even sadder is when they lie in the aftermath of a defeat, when it can do them no good at all. But then, most of them have so little acquaintance with truth or morals that perhaps it would be a greater surprise if they were to stand up like adults and tell the truth.
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"brute political force won out"

Don't you just hate democracy and Natural Rights?
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Yes, I believe they do.
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