A roundup of today’s editorials on gun violence after the Senate gun vote Wednesday to reject expanded background checks on buyers.
From The Journal News:
“In public opinion polls, as many as 90 percent of the American people have supported universal background checks, but even the weak Manchin-Toomey amendment rejected Wednesday was opposed by the NRA, which once supported expanded background checks. That was enough to seal the fate of the measure. … Sandy Hook, a minority in the Senate told the nation, quite simply wasn’t horrible enough.”
From the Los Angeles Times:
“Despite the mounting casualties of gun violence and a brutal massacre that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., the Senate on Wednesday failed to pass a bipartisan compromise to widen background checks for potential purchasers of guns as well as several other relatively modest gun-related measures. That shameful failure is yet another powerful reminder of how difficult it is to make progress on gun control at the federal level. As is so often the case, Wednesday’s votes neither reflected the will of most Americans — who, in poll after poll, favor measures to control the proliferation of guns — nor even most members of the Senate, 54 of whom voted for the proposal to widen background checks. Although that represents a majority, nothing of consequence clears the Senate these days without a supermajority of 60 votes, the number needed to overcome a filibuster.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“We’re not convinced the public is going to be all that forgiving about how the gun control debate played out, once the smoke clears and it turns out that Congress has done, essentially, nothing. … On Wednesday, after the Senate rebuffed the background checks measure but before it had gone on to reject bans on assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines, two women were escorted from the gallery for causing a disturbance. They were Patricia Maisch, who survived a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., and Lori Haas, whose daughter was shot at Virginia Tech. “Shame on you!” they shouted. Shame, indeed.”
From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
“The U.S. Senate on Wednesday insulted relatives of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, ignored the majority of their constituents and demonstrated renewed fealty to the gun lobby in failing to pass even a mild expansion of restrictions on firearm purchases. It was, as President Obama accurately declared, a shameful display.”
From the San Jose Mercury News:
“In the end, the slaughter of 20 children and their six brave caretakers in Newtown, Conn., did nothing: nothing to weaken the stranglehold the gun industry has on Congress or to strengthen our shoddy patchwork of laws to protect the innocent. It’s a dark day for America.”
Above: President Barack Obama with former Rep. Gabby Giffords, left, and Mark Barden, the father of Newtown shooting victim Daniel, at a news conference Wednesday in the Rose Garden of the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)