Stunning Defeat of Gun Control Overhaul Should Culminate in Lawmakers Being Kicked Out of Office in 2014 Elections

Gun Control overhaul fails thanks to National Rifle Association
Stunning Defeat of Gun Control Overhaul Should Culminate in Lawmakers Being Kicked Out of Office in 2014 Elections (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HinterlandGazette Editorial — Wednesday was a horrible day for the majority of Americans who wanted to see some type of gun control overhaul passed. What’s troubling is that it wasn’t just the background check amendment that went up in flames. Every other proposal concerning gun control did too. To echo President Obama, this shouldn’t be ignored, but remembered in the polling booth in the 2014 and 2016 elections. It’s quite clear, the National Rifle Association controls the majority of the Senate like puppets on a string.

Washington Post:  “It was a stunning collapse for gun-control advocates just four months after the deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown led the president and many others to believe that the political climate on guns had been altered in their favor.”


“But the biggest setback for the White House was the defeat of a measure to expand background checks to most gun sales. The Senate defied polls showing that nine in 10 Americans support the idea, which was designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.”

First Read: “Yesterday, even the most uncontroversial piece of gun legislation — a trafficking bill with NRA support — went down. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wouldn’t get cloture on the final bill, and he may pull the whole package from the floor as soon as today.”

Michael Tomasky : “You cannot oppose the will of 90 percent of the public and expect no consequences. You can’t have people saying what Rand Paul said, that monstrous comment of his about Newtown parents being “props,” and think that you haven’t offended and infuriated millions of people. You can’t introduce amendments that encourage moreinterstate transfer of weapons and give it the way-beyond-Orwellian name “safe communities” act and think that karma will never come back around on you. And you can’t sneer at the parents of dead 6-year-olds and expect that God isn’t watching and taking notes.”

If this isn’t proof that lawmakers thumb their noses at their constituents and ignore their wishes. Well, we’ll be urging you to remember those lawmakers up for reelection in 2014 who didn’t do your bidding in the gun control fight. Until the gun violence hits close to home, they will continue their love affair with the NRA. That includes Democrats and Republicans alike. The Democrats deserve to lose their majority edge in the Senate. You can’t just ignore the wishes of the vast majority of Americans who elected you to do as you please once you get to Washington D.C. Gun control overhaul was supported by 90% of Americans.

When one of these lawmakers lose a child, spouse or another relative to gun violence, they’ll sing another tune. Until then, they are willing to trample all over the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, the victims of the Newtown school massacre, the victims of Sikh temple shooting, and all the others victims of gun violence. That’s just shameful.

The group of cowards don’t realize that the impact of their votes will be largely positive on President Obama because it shows he fought for the victims of gun violence and their families.  David Axelrod said it best, “I don’t think there is any doubt that the President devoted himself fully to the cause of strengthening gun laws. The American people know that.” He added this on the subject of political fallout, “If there is some, it will be for those members of the Senate who defied 90% of the American people out of fear of reprisals from the NRA.” Enough said. Fe fi fo fum, 2014 elections here we come……


1. Sen. Rand Paul

2. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

3. Sen. Johnny Isakson

4. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

5. Sen. Mitch McConnell

6. Sen. Richard Shelby

7. Sen. Jeff Sessions

8. Sen. Marco Rubio

9. Sen. Jeff Flake

10. Sen. John Boozman

11. Sen. Tim Scott

12. Sen. Lisa Murkowski

13. Sen. Mike Crapo

14. Sen. Jim Risch

15. Sen. Dan Coats

16. Sen. Chuck Grassley

17. Sen. Pat Roberts

18. Sen. Jerry Moran

19. Sen. David Vitter

20. Sen. Thad Cochran

21. Sen. Roger Wicker (the one who got ricin letter)

22. Sen. Roy Blunt

23. Sen. Mike Johanns

24. Sen. Max Baucus

25. Sen. Mark Begich

26. Sen. Mark Pryor

27. Sen. Deb Fischer

28. Sen. Dean Heller

29. Sen. Kelly Ayotte

30. Sen. Richard Burr

31. Sen. John Hoeven

32. Sen. Rob Portman

33. Sen. Jim Inhofe

34. Sen. Tom Coburn

35. Sen. Lindsey Graham

36. Sen. John Thune

37. Sen. Lamar Alexander

38. Sen. Bob Corker

39. Sen. John Cornyn

40. Sen. Ted Cruz

41. Sen. Orrin Hatch

42. Sen. Mike Lee

43. Sen. Ron Johnson

44. Sen. Mike Enzi

45. Sen. John Barrasso

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