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I know we are all still angry and bummed out about the Senate voting down common sense gun control legislation like universal background checks.  But Senator Mark Udall (D. CO) said something pretty spot on and inspiring:

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall says supporters of universal background checks for gun buyers aren’t giving up despite a defeat in the Senate.

Udall predicted Thursday that public pressure for background checks will grow. He says supporters see the Senate vote as only a temporary setback.

Fifty-four senators voted for background checks Wednesday, but a 60-vote majority was required for passage by agreement of Senate leaders.

Udall voted for the background-check measure, saying it would have helped keep firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t own them. - CBS Denver, 4/18/13

Udall is echoing President Obama who blamed the NRA for killing background checks, the main goal of his gun control bill, and urged people to keep fighting for background checks:

“This effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don’t give up on it.  Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities.  We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system.  We’re going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can do its job.  We’re going to help to put in place emergency plans to protect our children in their schools.

But we can do more if Congress gets its act together.  And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.

To all the people who supported this legislation–law enforcement and responsible gun owners, Democrats and Republicans, urban moms, rural hunters, whoever you are–you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time." - MSNBC, 4/17/13

Senator Joe Manchin (D. WV), the co-sponsor and author of the Toomey-Manchin background check bill also blamed the NRA for the bill failing to gather the votes needed to pass:

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., becomes emotional as he meets in his office with families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., on the day he announced that they have reached reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Democratic sponsor of the defeated gun-control plan says it would have passed easily, if not for the National Rifle Association.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia says there would have been 70 votes for the plan to expand background checks for gun buyers. But the NRA said it would include the gun vote on report cards that show whether candidates support gun rights.

The Senate on Wednesday rejected the background check bill Manchin wrote with Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey. - TPM, 4/18/13

Now Udall voted against the ban on assault weapons because it covered some hunting rifles and shotguns but along with the background checks, he also voted for limiting the number of bullets a magazine can hold.  But Udall is right that the call for smart gun control measures like background checks will grow with the American people and I guarantee you it will be a big campaign issue next year.

If you would like to thank Udall for supporting background checks and magazine rounds and also tell him you support banning assault weapons, please contact his office and let him know:


By the way, PPP released their Colorado poll today and Udall is looking good for re-election:

Udall has a 50% approval rating with 33% of voters disapproving of him, the best numbers we've found for him so far since he took office. Most importantly for his reelection prospects, he's at a 50/31 spread with independents similar to his overall numbers.

With no serious Republicans running for either of these offices yet we basically tested every major GOP figure in the state against both Hickenlooper and Udall: former Congressman Bob Beauprez, Congressman Cory Gardner, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, 2010 Senate candidate Jane Norton, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General John Suthers, former Congressman Tom Tancredo, and Congressman Scott Tipton.

Udall leads everyone else we tested by margins ranging from 10-13 points. It's 49/39 over Gardner, 49/38 over Norton, 50/38 over Suthers, 51/39 over Tancredo, and 50/37 over Gessler, Stapleton, and Tipton. - PPP, 4/18/13

In other Udall related news, the Senator is pushing for more funding for drought aid for livestock producers:

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Monday asking the committee to add funding for livestock disaster assistance programs to the 2013 Farm Bill.

The letter, signed by Udall and nine other senators, seeks to provide aid — similar to federal crop insurance programs available to farmers — to livestock producers across the country in the face of drought conditions.

“Extending this idea to the cattle industry by providing a robust and permanent insurance program for livestock disaster assistance will give the cattle operators in our states the safety and security they need to conduct the business of feeding our country,” the senators wrote.

The programs would be funded through savings in other parts of the Farm Bill, according to Udall’s office. - Cortez Journal, 4/18/13

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:00 PM PDT.

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

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Comment Preferences

  •  Neither will AWB and high cap mag limit (4+ / 0-)

    supporters, sir. Just ask Adolphus Busch IV:

    Busch told Keene, "It disturbs me greatly to see this rigid new direction of the NRA." He singled out the gun lobby's reversal of its 1999 position in favor of universal background checks, as well as its opposition to an assault weapons ban and a ban on high-capacity magazines. "I am simply unable to comprehend how assault weapons and large capacity magazines have a role in your vision," he wrote.
    •  You know, create despair, (1+ / 0-)
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      then give despairing people the means to destroy themselves.

      The oligarchy pulls this all the time.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:26:18 PM PDT

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  •  It's time to regroup and get back to work. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, WakeUpNeo

    I know that I'll have even greater resolve than before the senate vote.

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:17:05 PM PDT

  •  I like. I like very much. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, WakeUpNeo

    On this one, middle American soccer moms have the backs of supporters of sensible gun control. They're sick of turning on the news and seeing carnage.

    We'll get there. The NRA may think everything's ducky, but the water is rising on all sides.

    And gun control will serve as a template for other kinds of progressive change society needs.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:24:28 PM PDT

  •  Mark Udall has been such a great senator (1+ / 0-)
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    good to see him taking such a pragmatic attitude towards gun control. I'll be canvasing for him in a little over a year.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 06:25:21 PM PDT

  •  Sorry, but I won't be voting for him. (1+ / 0-)
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    This "I would've voted for the assault weapons ban except it also banned shotguns and hunting rifles" excuse really is the flimsiest of fig leaves.

    I did a quick search on this list of weapons Feinstein wanted banned, and under "Shotguns" we find the Saiga 12 (which I picked at random). Google it and see what this "shotgun" actual is.

    Sen Udall also voted FOR the concealed carry amendment. I find it astonishing that less than a year after Aurora, we have elected representatives from CO actually voted for less restrictive and imho irresponsible guns laws.

    Add to the above that Sen Udall is against a public healthcare option, for a balanced budget amendment and in favor of Bowles-Simpson.

    Sorry, but the guy is an idiot. Or if you prefer, Republican-lite.

    •  actually he's very bright, has long knowledge of (2+ / 0-)
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      firearms from growing up around them in the west and reflects the sentiments of his constituency. Every hunting group in the country was against restricting magazines or scary black guns.

      Uniformity and reciprocity with conceal carry is an idea that has gained a lot of support.

      Not sure if you are from CO but we like him here.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:43:13 PM PDT

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    •  From the senator's own website: (0+ / 0-)

      "We need comprehensive solutions that examine our culture's glorification of violence, the effectiveness of our laws, our ability to enforce those laws and access to firearms, especially those designed for the battlefield."

      (emphasis mine.)

      So, Senator, an assault weapon is not designed for the battlefield, and that's why you voted against the ban (Feinstein Amendment 711)?

      "RNC PR BS is crazy enough to think that more people will buy the Republicon party pizza if they put it in a prettier box." - TrueBlueMajority

      by Maverick80229 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:47:11 PM PDT

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    •  Actually Udall stated he doesn't like Obama's (1+ / 0-)
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      budget and doesn't believe it should be balanced on the backs of the poor.  Plus Udall has one of the best records on civil liberties and one of the most vocal opponent of the indefinite detention clause in the NDAA.  He's the lead Senator who tried to have it removed.  Not to mention his record on environmental and social issues is great.  Certainly far from Republican-lite or an idiot.  He represents a libertarian-leaning state.  I keep telling people here, you want better Democrats in D.C. you have to get progressives elected on a state level first and get progressives issues pushed through on a local level first.  Turn more of those swing states like Colorado to permanent blue status first.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:50:29 PM PDT

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  •  We won't quit (0+ / 0-)

    To quote the late, great Ted Kennedy, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die!

    Progressive first, Democrat second

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:10:32 AM PDT

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