Senate nixes gun background checks expansion
The bipartisan proposal to expand background checks was backed by President Obama, but it failed to clear the Senate.
April 17th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Senate nixes gun background checks expansion

In a major defeat for supporters of tougher gun laws, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday defeated a compromise proposal to expand background checks on firearms sales.

The bipartisan plan was brokered by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. It was also backed by President Barack Obama in his push for a package of gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.

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  1. s kel

    Thank you to the NRA. The number one enemy of this country.

    April 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ba

      Yes thanks NRA!!!!! I will send them a thank you donation and buy a new gun in celebration! Anyone with "common sense " knows this legislation would not have stopped the newtown tragedy.

      April 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiao

      What's the matter, Tina B? Don't like the truth? You spread equal amounts of BS under many names. Get real.

      April 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ba

      Oh, dear, Tina B is going off the rails on a crazy train again. Better take your meds, honey.

      April 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      You ARE your own worst enemy s kel,

      April 18, 2013 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Remember, Harry Reid is up for reelection in 2014 and he's from a gun rotting state!

    April 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big Shiz

    Score one for the devil

    April 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bubba

    OOH-RAH.... praise the lord, thank the Senate and pass the ammunition...

    April 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bubba

    Thank you Sarah Palin... Tea Party... and brave Democratic and Republican Senators....

    Thank You

    April 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba

    And now Obama will put on his s dog and pony show.... in front of the liberal news cameras....

    How disgrace full....

    Yes its sad about Sandy Hook and Boston too...
    But the common denominator..... SICK INSANE PEOLPLE.

    April 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      The sick dog and pony show was how much the nazi inspired nra influenced the senate from both parties.

      April 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      S kel, you can have my firearms....but you have to come get them from me. Molon labe.

      April 18, 2013 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bubba

    Where's my shiny new AR-15?

    Shut down the assault on assault rifles.....

    The government should do more with the tools they already have.... not make new laws that are just lazy knee jerk reactions.

    April 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ba

      Start with target practice on your tonsils!!

      April 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    If and when some crazy who bought an AR-15 at a gun show sans background check opens up at a group of politicians, you can bet background check legislation will be passed in a heartbeat

    April 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bubba

    Thank you Obama for trying to dismantle the Constitution...you can't parade 20 people who were struck by unfortunate tragedy...and expect the whole country accept concessions on the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

    April 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiao

      Nonsense. Rubbish. And BS. Obama never tried to do any such thing. Hysterical people should stay away from guns. And Fox news. And Ricin.

      April 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bubba

    Now... let's see the video tape of the lunatic who they think planted the backpack in Boston.

    April 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ba

      He's white, 6'3", 225 lbs, has black hair graying at the temples, black eyes.

      April 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      Def white. Because all arabs are caucasions from the region of caucus that borders europe and asia. Caucasions are russian, armenian, iranian, iraqi etc etc. caucus does not include anglo europe. They are anglo saxon and anglo hibernan....NOT caucasion.

      April 18, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      There was also a mexican place holder that stood where one bomb was placed for several hours till the bomb arrived. Lots of people were involved in this. From a white american military type(you can tell by how easily he carries the backpack), 3 arab nationals and a mexican

      April 18, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jiao

    And yet they want comprehensive backround checks for immigrants as a path to citizenship? The people should just say they're a gun. Get riiiiiiiiight in, no problem.

    April 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bubba

    I wonder if the federal government (Obama care) is picking up the hospital bills for the 170 people who were injured in Boston???
    That would be a nice thing to do.

    April 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ba

      Sure!! And the NRA is going to pick up the tabs for the Newtown funerals!! And the med/funeral bills of Aurora!!

      April 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ba

    And what do you want a gun for??? To rob somebody of their shoes??? Is that why you don't want background checks???

    April 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joyce

    Congratulations are due to Mr. Wayne Lapierre and the NRA. As a token of my appreciation of them fighting for the Second Amendment I am sending them a check for $100 and a check for $100 for my wife as a thank you. Also, thank you Senators, for having the intelligence to understand the cause-and-effect of gun violence in our culture and making the appropriate votes, well done sincerely. I would also like to send out a special thank you to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, for the greatest surge and renewed interest in firearms and weaponry in the history of United States, good job and thank you again.

    April 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiao

      The president fights for many good things, such as you and your wife's right to be gay married, Joyce. One of the things he didn't do is try to repeal the 2nd. You should be better acquainted with what he proposed, being as you took advantage of getting gay married. I hope you two women will be very happy.

      April 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      Joyce...im glad your posts is positive...but telling the devils of this world they are doing a good job, just seems wrong. Those leaders only care about elections. How can they act so concerned over life while promoting abortion?

      April 18, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If someone becomes enraged enough, they will not care what they use to do somebody in.....

    April 18, 2013 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
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