Who Voted ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ on Manchin-Toomey Background Check Bill

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The fact that 90% of Americans support sensible background checks to own a gun was lost on the U.S. Senate yesterday. The senate by a vote of 54-46, including five Democrats, voted to kill the Manchin-Toomey Background Check bill.

Manchin-Toomey Background Check sought to expand background checks at gun shows and internet sales.

The measure was in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when Adam Lanza, 20, shot twenty elementary school children and six adult staff member in a mass murder that rocked the nation to its core.

After the vote, President Obama, in a rare display of anger, called out Republicans and the NRA who had “willfully lied” about the background check proposal.

Democrats who voted against the bill include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Max Baucus (MT), Mark Begich (AK) and Mark Pryor (AR).

Social media immediately erupted in a flurry of anger targeting the five Democrats with people posting “you’re fired” and “don’t think the NRA can save your job now.”

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20 Responses to Who Voted ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ on Manchin-Toomey Background Check Bill

  1. Estacada says:

    I pledge to take money from my Roth IRA to give to the Democrat who challenges Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Max Baucus, Mark Begich and Mark Pryor.

    These Dumbos are part of the problem — not part of the solution.

  2. Tiny Dancer says:

    Shame on these senate cowards. They think we’re not watching and remembering. Think about this when we go to the polls. Buy bye, assholes.

  3. Rachel says:

    I am so tired of the NRA always getting its way. Seriously, this has got to stop. 30,000 Americans die each year from guns or rifles. Do Americans really need 300 million firearms? Including AK-47s to feel safe in their homes and person?

  4. ChiTOM says:

    It’s time to primary the Dirty Democratic Five who voted against Manchin-Toomey Background Check bill and proudly stood with the NRA and NRA-worshiping Republicans. Enough is enough. Get rid of these scoundrels and let it be a lesson for future Democrats. The American people will not be thrown under the bus any longer.

  5. DMason says:

    “….the Dirty Democratic Five”

    Perfect! ;-)

  6. woyoyo says:

    TERM LIMITS
    TERM LIMITS
    TERM LIMITS
    Two terms and you go home. If the Founding Fathers saw this corrupt mess called the US Congress today, they would get on those boats and return to England.

  7. TOM339 says:

    I completely agree with woyoyo. Yesterday was a dark day for America.

    The House and the Senate were never intended to be life-long, career positions. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave.

    If the President has term limits, then so should the Congress. We’re in desperate need for a 29th Amendment to the US Constitution to make this a reality.

  8. Harry says:

    Happy to see you post this.

  9. Stephen Iversonn says:

    Only in the United States is a majority 60 votes and not 51.

    Add in the filibuster mess and it shouldn’t surprise anyone congress can’t get anything done. We need major legislative reform and if you recall, Sen. Harry Reid pledged to do it. Instead, he just loiters around Capitol Hill. If you think I’m being to hard on him, name three accomplishments he can point to last year? The year before that? They don’t exist.

    He needed to be meeting with Democratic members of the senate, twisting arms, promising them cooperation on their bills, if they voted for the Manchin-Toomey Background Check bill. But sadly, Mr. Reid was MIA.

  10. Adirondacky says:

    The thing that is incompressible to me is, many of the idiots in the senate who voted “No” met with the families of Sandy Hook School victims and promised them action on gun control But when push came to shove, the senators threw these poor souls out with the trash.

  11. jimmy says:

    Why didn’t President Obama get mad about the economy and unemployment? Why didn’t he get mad over Benghazi? Why didn’t he get mad after the shooting in Aurora or the shooting in Littletown?

    Why did he save his anger not for a national tragedy but for being shot down on a piece of legislation he called for!?

  12. Brigadoon says:

    The failure to pass Manchin-Toomey is a sad day for America.

  13. Doreen & Joseph Dialessi says:

    To the five Democrats who voted against Toomey-Manchin Bill: SHAME ON YOU!! You don’t represent us-you represent yourself & your interests. You’ve ignored the wishes of 91% of the American people & the pleas of the parents & children of the Sandy Hook victims!!

  14. fran says:

    I was a stunned to see John McCain voting for this bill, but he’s probably playing politics– knew the bill would not pass, so voted yes for self serving political points & future elections.

    Gabby Giffords wrote an excellent op ed editorial in the NY Times- here is an excerpt:
    “I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done.
    Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown.
    These senators have heard from their constituents – who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them,” Giffords said.
    “Some of the senators who voted ‘no’ have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, six of whom died.” (End quote)

  15. dunefox says:

    Actually, the majority of the U.S. senate voted to approve the bill, but it was insufficient to overcome a Republican filibuster. The Democratic senators who voted against this bill are fearful of the local gun and hunting groups in their rural states, not just the NRA.

  16. Fran says:

    No new posts for more than 1 month??? Everything OK?

  17. Mauigirl says:

    Hi Christopher, have been on a long hiatus from blogging and am trying to get back to the blog world – miss all of you – was sorry to see you haven’t posted recently. As Fran asks, is everything OK? I hope you are both well.

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    Sue

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