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Senate Rejects Gun Control Background Check Amendment 54-46

Vote count - 60 Yeas were need for passage, 6 votes short:

The vote effectively kills any hope for a comprehensive law, and makes a mockery of Obama's recent aggressive anti-gun initiative.

Background Check Amendment Fails To Pass Senate, Gun Control In Tatters - 04/17/2013 17:11


Following a full court press by the Obama administration, and specifically gun tzar Joe Biden, to legislate "stronger" gun law in the last several months ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, the initiative may have just suffered a terminal defeat following a failure to even pass a bipartisan background check amendment in the democrat-controlled Senate.

CBS reports that "In a major setback for gun control advocates, the Senate Wednesday voted down a key amendment to the embattled Democratic gun bill, signaling the increasingly dim prospects of any meaningful legislative action aimed at strengthening America's gun laws. The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment, a background check expansion devised by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and a handful of other lawmakers, earned only 54 votes, falling six votes short of the 60-vote threshold. Vice President Joe Biden, who led the Obama administration's months-long lobbying effort on behalf of stronger gun laws, presided over the vote."

The vote effectively kills any hope for a comprehensive law, and makes a mockery of Obama's recent aggressive anti-gun initiative:
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More than half the Senate voted in favor.

It only failed because 60 votes were required for it to pass. This was a sad day for Liberty and our Constitution.

McCain - What an anti-Liberty HACK

How did hs lover Lyndsey Graham vote?

I can't find the role call anywhere.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Cyril's picture

It's just he doesn't want them to take HIS guns.

It's just he doesn't want them to take HIS guns.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Onward for Liberty!!!!!!


kind people rock

I told you it was just a bunch gun grabbing hype.

They do not want to take your 2nd Amendment away from you. Why would they take a useless security blanket from you when it does nothing to impede their agenda.

The 2nd Amendment is designed to protect all of your other rights. So much for the 2nd Amendment huh. And the next time they need to whip everyone into a frenzy and distract them they will make another "attempt" on the 2nd Amendment.

And like now when it is defeated then everyone will jump for joy that the gun grabbers were thwarted while at the same time more of our true freedom will be lost. Now everyone can go hunting without worry which is what the 2nd Amendment is for. Or did you think it was to protect your freedom, you silly goose.

Goof thing the American public rejected McCain

in 2008. If he had become president, the Republicans would not have stood up against gun control, and you can see his true anti-gun stripes in the current vote. McCain is just a more off the wall Obama. And in fact if Romney had won in 2012 we would have more gun control now, too.

NeoCons are just as bad as liberals when it comes to freedom; neither group believes in it.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

robot999's picture

Good thing

us Ron Paul people disrupted their McInsane party LOL!

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

Real headline: Only 46

Real headline: Only 46 treasonous bastards in the Senate today. How should they be dealt with?

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

54 actually

60 were needed to pass. Sickening really.

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

Thanks for the correction.

Thanks for the correction.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Perhaps This Amendment Was A Test

If Reid was trying to see whether he had the 60 votes to end a fillibuster of SB649, then the answer is no.

coffee_sponge's picture

Fire Turncoat Toomey

We Pennsylvanians have our work cut out for us to find someone to primary Turncoat Toomey.

I'm embarrassed that my two U.S. Senators are Communist Casey and Turncoat Toomey. I intend to do what I can to ameliorate that embarrassment.

What am I missing?

Why is everyone rejoicing? This was merely an amendment to an abomination of a bill: SB 649

It looks to me like they're saying "woohoo! look everyone it failed!" and then they will sneak in the bill as-is without these amendments that make the original bill look innocent.

Am I missing something?

Here, Here!

Thankful yet wary, there are likely several reasons this did not pass. Some who voted against it are likely insincere, and will try to bring it up again. Some may have voted for it 'knowing' the next 'false flag' event could give them the victory. Some may vote against to keep their seats, but push for it when they think the people are no longer paying attention.

Stay on the ball, this fight is not likely over by a long stretch.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Debbie's picture

GOA v v happy about this, says urge your Senators to oppose

cloture of Harry Reid's S649!


Salty ham tears

President Oboohoo, your tears are so yummy and sweet!

That's what you get for exploiting the victims. Go to hell.

The vitriolic psychopath in

The vitriolic psychopath in the White House just showed his true colors to the world today. Seriously, Obama needs to be psychologically tested for mental fitness as CINC with his finger on the button of atomic weapons. If veterans are being denied weapons for far less, then the POTUS should be denied access to weapons for medical reasons as well. From today, Obama clearly shouldn't be allowed within a mile of a weapon. Impeach him!

Cyril's picture

Ha ! My thoughts EXACTLY !

Ha ! My thoughts EXACTLY !

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius


..Every day when my focus on livelihood gives me a moment of what my expectation of peace should be. To imagine 46 Senators are content to not pursue the Constitution of The United States as well as not consider the consequences of our way of life and history is unconscionable while these people sustained the elected position of their office.

All of them were elected and took the same oath, and these...I find it difficult to say their names, have ignored their/our heritage and their oath. When this country was started, WE THE PEOPLE took an oath to not go back to tyranny. Tyranny existed since Cain and Able....don't know much about the documentation, but subsequent generations have started republics and ALL failed because of the general contentment of the masses and no-one cared until it was too late. Unfortunately, we may be too late unless we remember and become informed of our roots and therefore informed.

All throughout history, every human being held their child in their arms and wondered how they can make a better life for them while Governments have come and gone-the people are still here. One thing in common with ALL of them (Governments), is the notion of the technological moment in history taking president over the peoples quest for freedom.


I can only pray this message reaches one or more United States Citizen(s) who decide enough is enough and become informed….that is all that is needed and we will be free FOREVER.

Respectively and with peace,


Here they are.

List….THE TRATORS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-They also voted to give our Sovereignty to the United Nations…despicable human beings and on someone else’s payroll:

These Senators voted to let the UN take our guns.

Baldwin (D-WI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Cowan (D-MA)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hirono (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)



Anybody else notice that Sen. Harry Reid voted "Nay" on this one? I'm curious to know what about the words in this bill he found unsatisfactory.

It was a procedural vote. He

It was a procedural vote. He knew they didn't have the votes. He did it so it would be allowed to come up for debate again. He wasn't against the bill at all

The NRA has millions of members and those members

Respond when they are told - "Light up The Switchboards and don't mince no words " The elected dummies savvied on that

Plus beyond pathetic having the Sandy Hook Dog & Pony show promoting gun banning

This is a fine turn of events and something to build on

"You Cannot Stop An Idea Whose Time Has Come"

We GOA members (300,000) made

We GOA members (300,000) made our voices heard loud and clear. NO COMPROMISE!

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

46 piece of garbage

jag in the bags.

SteveMT's picture

Actually, the 54 who voted Yea are the garbage.

Six more votes, and this bill would have passed.

Cyril's picture



"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

National "SHAMEFUL DAY" Celebrations begin across the

country. April 17th, 2013.Now folks please don't run outside and start shoot'n into the sky. Ok they come back down --you know. Besides there's a shortage of ammo, and you'll need those bullets some day.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

itzSteve's picture

Woo Hoo!!!

The best part of the vote today was how upset the president was in his speech. He was as pissed off as I have ever heard him, and I don't listen to him very much...LOL. It's a great day for the people and the 2nd Amendment!

mountaincat's picture

I am one happy hillbilly

Joe is now 0 and 1.

Recall Joe!
Recall Joe!
Recall Joe!