Background Check Amendment Fails To Pass Senate, Gun Control In Tatters: Obama To Make Statement

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Following a full court press by the Obama administration, and specifically gun tzar Joe Biden, to legislate "stronger" gun law in the last several months ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, the initiative may have just suffered a terminal defeat following a failure to even pass a bipartisan background check amendment in the democrat-controlled Senate. CBS reports that "In a major setback for gun control advocates, the Senate Wednesday voted down a key amendment to the embattled Democratic gun bill, signaling the increasingly dim prospects of any meaningful legislative action aimed at strengthening America's gun laws. The bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment, a background check expansion devised by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and a handful of other lawmakers, earned only 54 votes, falling six votes short of the 60-vote threshold. Vice President Joe Biden, who led the Obama administration's months-long lobbying effort on behalf of stronger gun laws, presided over the vote."

The vote effectively kills any hope for a comprehensive law, and makes a mockery of Obama's recent aggressive anti-gun initiative:

The failure of the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which was crafted over weeks of negotiation with the aim of attracting Republican support in both the Senate and, eventually, the House, could serve as the death knell for the larger piece of legislation, though it's possible Reid will bring new amendments to the floor at a later date.


In the hours before the vote, Organizing for Action, an advocacy group that works on behalf of the president's legislative agenda, urged voters to call their senators in support of expanded background checks. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out similar emails, specifically targeting a group of Republican senators who had at one point appeared amenable to the Manchin-Toomey language. Meanwhile, a pro-gun group that had previously backed the ban pulled its support.


In the end, four Republicans voted in favor the Manchin-Toomey amendment, and four Democrats voted against it, excluding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who switched his vote from yea to nay for procedural reasons.


Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of those who broke with the GOP ranks, delivered a vehement defense of the bipartisan amendment in debate over the bill, and disputed the argument, touted by his fellow Republicans, that it would strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.


"For over three decades in Congress, I have built as strong a record as anyone in this body in defending the Second Amendment. I have consistently opposed the efforts of anti-gun activists to ban guns and ammunition, staunchly defending the Constitutional rights that Arizonans hold dear," McCain said, continuing with a list citing his pro-gun credentials. But, he added, "Just as I have long defended the Second Amendment to the Constitution, I have also long believed that it is perfectly reasonable to use available tools to conduct limited background checks, as this amendment prescribes, to help ensure that felons and the mentally-ill do not obtain guns they should not possess."


"In my view, such background checks are not overly burdensome or unconstitutional," McCain said.

Obama will take the podium at 5:30 pm to speak about "commonsense measures to reduce gun violence" and justify this latest disappointment of an administration which should count its lucky stars, it has the labor force participation rate to fudge the unemployment rate with, and the Fed to ramp stocks higher, or else living in America today would be a very different thing if the full ugliness of reality was exposed for all to see.

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fuu's picture


Banksters's picture

High Fives all around!



ACP's picture

...while everyone's attention is diverted, Chucky sends US forces to Jordan...

Hedgetard55's picture

That's Barry's call, not Chucky's.


"Gun tzar Joe Biden". LOL. Joey "buy a shotgun" Biteme.

Pool Shark's picture



Well, whatta ya know?

Sometimes democracy actually works...


Divided States of America's picture

Gun Control FAILED. Next on Obummer's agenda, Pressure Cooker Control.....

Supernova Born's picture

Far better Obama's gun control in tatters than the Bill of Rights.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

I give it about a month before these fags rename it and re-introduce it.

Big Corked Boots's picture

"They will soon be back - and in greater numbers!"

(sorry for the ripoff, Obi Wan)

12ToothAssassin's picture

Biden looks like hes smelling a fart

ACP's picture

Obama's having a straight up 3rd grader shit fit meltdown. WAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! THEY DIDN'T DO WHAT I SAID!!!!!!!!!!!

I was waiting for him to stomp his feet.

Supernova Born's picture

Clinging pretty tightly huh, bitch?

Go smoke a Kool menthol and chill.

Muppet Pimp's picture

Can't wait to see the low information leftists reaction when they realize their people were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombs in a last ditch attempt to scare the sheep into giving up their guns for the perceived security of the communist statist apparatus.

spastic_colon's picture much that the video shows a black guy or an american or both....funny they won't release the pictures for the publics help in finding this person.


bad PR if they are one of the disciples.

Joe Sixpack's picture

It had to be done. The US was running out of steel because the gun manufacturer's were buying it all. This will slow down gun sales long enough to get some more iron mining going.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

6:27 PM US ET...

597 green arrows, 10 red arrows.

Zero Hedgers like their guns!  Molon Labe!

TwoShortPlanks's picture



Cold Dead Hands:

Your Proposal:

This has been an Agenda21 announcement: Obedience, from cradle to grave...preferably the latter!

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot's picture

BTW, y'all - we all know that the 90% number being thrown around by the disinformer in chief is b.s. Here's a link to the poll he keeps citing in support:

Notice that the poll only includes New Jersey (hopelessly anti-gun), Virginia (full of D.C. bootlickers) and Pennsylvania. Hardly representative of America. Now who is telling outright lies, Mr. Prentender in Chief?

Joe Sixpack's picture

Yuz rassisst.

You have been programmed so that "dark skinned" ====> "middle east terrorist" (you know like an Israeli, maybe).

That you pin this on a black guy means yuz rassisst.

DanDaley's picture

Ain' no "t" in raciss...dam, brah!

fourchan's picture

my news release, lick dick obama.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The reason for the the PsyOps/Black Ops via the Boston Flase Flag Drill and now Ricin letters is Cover and Illusion to keep people distracted from their War Crimes.


U.S. Engaged in Torture After 9/11, Review Concludes WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.

The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, is to be released on Tuesday morning.

Debate over the coercive interrogation methods used by the administration of President George W. Bush has often broken down on largely partisan lines. The Constitution Project’s task force on detainee treatment, led by two former members of Congress with experience in the executive branch — a Republican, Asa Hutchinson, and a Democrat, James R. Jones — seeks to produce a stronger national consensus on the torture question.

Oldwood's picture

Speaking for myself, I would rather endure the Torture of three days of water boarding than the last five YEARS of this stupid shit economy and ass eating government. They are fucking us with words again. What is torture? Waterboarding and loud music, or finger amputation, starvation and hanging by your arms until they break the sockets? Illegal aliens, or undocumented workers seeking a better life? Criminals or The Oppressed? Assault rifles that "potentially" could kill millions or a semi automatic gun used primarily for self defense.  Twenty dead children in Sandy hook that demand the surrender of basic rights or the killing of millions of babies for profit because we just don't have the time for them, and its a womens's right to choose, damnit.  FOCUS

gonetogalt's picture

Waterboarding the same dude 180+ times 'till he finally says "fuck it, I did it" isn't a great way to get actionable intelligence, it's CYA, finally.

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

You mean liberals, not "leftists."  There is a difference.  And as for the "perceived security of the communist statist apparatus," are you speaking of the same one that overwhelmingly enacted the Patriot Act and NDAA 2011?  Seemed like there was a lot of "conservative" backing for those statist (authoritarian) measures.

Ahem ... your paradigm is showing.

jwoop66's picture

Yes, a true liberal would advocate for individual rights and limited govt.   They would support a Constitution much like the original United States Constitution.  Anyone who supports govt programs to "help" people at the expense of other peoples money and liberties, while micromanaging the citizens lives is NO liberal.

nmewn's picture


It would seem the fascists have found the line that WILL NOT be crossed. O'Barry dancing on the graves of children (and the government controlled media dutifully covering his tap dance) didn't pay off the way they thought it would...the New Media should stand up and take a bow ;-)

SamAdams's picture

They "woke the sleeping giant".  Even better, the now awake giant began doing research and learned about the FED, the Bolshevik infiltration and it's lying media.  Now, how do they stuff that genie back in the bottle?  The Communists: Feinstein, Schumer, Blumenthal, Emanual, Bloomberg and sock-puppet Obama, have lost this time.  They will lose again.

Andy_Jackson_Jihad's picture

When can the "common thread between all these communists " Genie come out of the bottle?

Gerald Celente made a great comment once:  If the wallstreet criminals running the white-shoe orgs had names like "Giovani, Barzini, LaRocca" we'd call them the Mafia.


So when all the names are Rosenberg, Goldstein, kikeowittz, GoldMan-Sachs  and such, why can we not connect the dots there?  I know why Celente didn't say it:  most of his staff have similar names as are some of the women he's dated. 

Common Jew-Wise's like you got your head and right arm out. 

DaveyJones's picture

all these words - liberal, conservative, constitution, constipation - have lost their meaning in this corrupt and criminal place

moroots's picture

+ whatever word means "a lot"

zhandax's picture

uh, mnewn, that's not the 'new media'; that's the old media with shit on it's face.

SamAdams's picture

He is refering to the alternative (meaning factual) media.  For example:  ZeroHedge and 

disabledvet's picture

Why do all the up and down arrows dissipate as the...well, whatever. Immigration next!

Muppet Pimp's picture

It is certainly plain for all to see the wreckage that unaldulterated immigration has caused the UK economy, in particular I draw your attention to the entire sections of London now under full Sharia law.  With that level of roaring success, how can we refuse to move as many of these folks here as fast as possible?  We want a full on clusterfuck stateside and Obama will bring it!  He promised!

DaddyO's picture

Is it just me or does VP Blowme look like Walter, Jeff Dunham's dummy?


New_Meat's picture

DaddyO, you have a point.  But, please, there were some very fine doggies who got to be cashiered by Rolling Stone's frag pattern since they were using the term "Bite-Me".

I'd encourage you towards that way to name ol' joe.  guys were right, and have been sacrificed.

- Ned

{of course, if it attracts you, well, not that there's anything wrong with it}

DaddyO's picture


Point well made and taken!


Henry Chinaski's picture

DaddyO: Love the handle.  I would be you if I weren't me. Just sayin.

eatthebanksters's picture

Walter is doesn't step on his dick as much as Biden...

NeedtoSecede's picture

ETB, you know we have trolls lurking here when someone gives you a red arrow for that comment. Mrs. Biden, is that you reading ZeroHedge between reloads of your double-barrel shotgun?

XenoFrog's picture

I love it when Obama doesn't get what he wants because he is such a petulant toddler. Faced with a no, he refocuses his efforts on doing what he wanted anyway.

MiguelitoRaton's picture

Obama is shocked that legislation went against the wishes of the vast majority. He's talking about (a) TARP, (b) ObamaCare, (c) Gun Control?

RSBriggs's picture

The vast majority that exists only in his dreams/head?  That vast majority?