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90% of Americans want background checks for gun sales.
Newspeak 101, majority means minority. thinkingblue

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Thinking about Gabby Giffords, and what she had to say about yesterday's vote:

"Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.
I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences." http://www.nytimes.com/...

President Obama: Gun Lobby and Allies "Willfully Lied About the Bill"

 

Here Are The Twitter Handles Of The Senators Who Voted No On Background Checks Bill

    Posted: 04/17/2013 6:49 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/18/2013 3:32 am EDT

    The Senate rejected a bipartisan compromise amendment to expand gun background checks on Wednesday, casting a 54 to 46 vote that drew sharp responses from supporters who had seen the measure as a small, significant and viable step forward on gun control.

    "All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," President Barack Obama said, addressing the inaction. Standing behind the president was former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) who moments before had also lambasted senators for their opposition in an email.

    Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted no on the measure, excluding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who voted against the amendment on procedural grounds. Find their information and let them know how you feel. For a full roll call, click here.

    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) -- @SenAlexander

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) -- @KellyAyotte

    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) -- @SenJohnBarrasso

    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) -- @MaxBaucus

    Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) -- @SenatorBegich

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) -- @RoyBlunt

    Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) -- @JohnBoozeman

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) -- @SenatorBurr

    Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) -- @SaxbyChambliss

    Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) -- @SenDanCoats

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- @TomCoburn

    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) -- @SenThadCochran

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) -- @SenBobCorker

    Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) -- @JohnCornyn

    Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) -- @MikeCrapo

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) -- @SenTedCruz

    Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) -- @SenatorEnzi

    Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) -- @SenatorFischer

    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) -- @JeffFlake

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- @GrahamBlog

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) -- @ChuckGrassley

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) -- @SenOrrinHatch

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) -- @SenatorHeitkamp

    Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) -- @SenDeanHeller

    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) -- @SenJohnHoeven

    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) -- @jiminhofe

    Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) -- @SenatorIsakson

    Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) -- @Mike_Johanns

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) -- @SenRonJohnson

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) -- @SenMikeLee

    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- @McConnellPress

    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) -- @JerryMoran

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) -- @lisamurkowski

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) -- @SenRandPaul

    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) -- @robportman

    Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) -- @SenMarkPryor

    Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) -- @SenatorRisch

    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) -- @SenPatRoberts

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- @marcorubio

    Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) -- @SenatorTimScott

    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) -- @SenatorSessions

    Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) -- @SenShelbyPress

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) -- @SenJohnThune

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) -- @DavidVitter

    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) -- @SenatorWicker

    Background Checks Die At The Hands Of Senate Filibuster

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

Originally posted to thinkingblue on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 07:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    A search for truth will find injustice!

    by thinkingblue on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 07:37:27 AM PDT

  •  A Day Of Infamy For The Democratic Party..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Penny GC

    Five Dems aided & abetted the Republicans:  Harry Reid, Max Baucus, Mark Pryor, Heidi Heitkamp & Mark Begich.

    Never forget those names.....3 are up for re-election in 2014: Baucus, Pryor & Begich.  Heitkamp was just elected & didn't have to worry until 2018.  There was NO excuse for
    her to swim in the same scummy pond as the other three.

    Now these Democratic skunks will wear the mantle of being
    soft on gun crime for the rest of their lives as they so richly
    deserve.

    Despicable, stomach turning, vile Democrats aided & abetted Republicans & Wayne La Pierre.  The NRA won yesterday because of five Dems & 46 of their Republican buddies.  Never forget who they are & what they stand for.  

    •  Once again, Reid voted No for PROCEDURAL reasons (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Kokomo for Obama

      I have a whole diary up about it and everything (and this diary explains it as well).

      •  I Get The Procedural Vote....Who Doesn't? (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Penny GC, Kokomo for Obama

        Reid had the opportunity to change the Senate rules on the first day of the new Congress.....once again he chose not to do anything about filibusters.  

        Come on.....do it LBJ style.  If he didn't "have" the votes, get his rear on the floor & make it happen.  Twist some arms.  Go old school.  Make.....it.....happen.

        The 60 vote rule is NOT written in stone nor is it in the Constitution.  In a democracy,  the majority is supposed
        to rule.....just not in Harry Reid's democracy.  

         

        •  Plenty of people don't understand it. (0+ / 0-)

          And yes, I agree that Reid is largely responsible for the bill's failure due to his refusal to enact filibuster reform.

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