Today a minority in the U.S. Senate decided to block the drive for gun control.
A video was shortly after released and showed a very disappointed President Obama.
According to the President the Senate blocked “common sense gun reforms.”
“90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. This includes convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness,” the President said.
90 percent of the American people supported the legislation and 90 percent of democrats in the Senate voted for it, yet it did not go through as 90 percent of republicans in the Senate voted against.
A majority of Senators voted yes to protecting more of the U.S. citizens with smarter background checks.
However, due to the continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.
President Obama seemed very marred by the Senate’s decision and did not hesitate to voice his opinion.
“I’m gonna speak plainly and honestly about what’s happened here. Because the American people are trying to figure out how something can have 90 percent support and yet not happen,” the President said.
Joe Manchin (D) and Pat Toomey (R), both gun owners and fierce defenders of the Second Amendment, came together to write a common sense compromise on background checks – this despite their traditional and strong support for Second Amendment rights.
Many had the mindset that the package infringed on the American people’s Second Amendment rights.
However, President Obama dismissed these statements saying that all the bill did was to extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet.
Approximately 60 percent of guns are already being purchased through a background check system, and the bill would have covered a great deal of the guns that are currently outside the system.
“Although the legislation did not represent every sides’ wishes, it did represent progress with moderation and common sense, and that is why 90 percent of the American people supported it,” President Obama said.
The talk of lobbying became a hot topic later on as President Obama said that instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies, ‘willfully lied’ about the bill.
It was said that the gun lobby claimed that the bill would create a ‘big brother gun registry,’ when Obama said the bill itself did the opposite.
This proves the power of lobbying and how persuading lobbyists can be, especially in politics where not only the voice but the words of the voice matter.
There were also people who claimed that the bill outlawed gun registry, which President Obama dismissed.
“This pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset a minority of gun owners and that intimidated a lot of senators,” Obama said.
The President explained how there are regional differences when it comes to guns and how it all came down to politics.
The worry that the vocal minority of gun owners would come after the senators in future elections and have the gun lobby spend large amounts of money and present them as anti-Second Amendment was simply too big of a concern to not do something about.
Therefore, both democrats and republicans caved into the pressure, and began looking for an excuse to vote no. on the bill.
The President went later on by saying that this bill will not necessarily prevent all future massacres as no single piece of legislation can stop every single act of violence and evil.
“However, if action by Congress could have saved someone, if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try. This legislation met that test, and too many senators failed theirs,”the President said.
By blocking this bill, President Obama said that it only led to “the preservation of the loophole that lets dangerous criminals buy guns without a background check,” and that it became a “victory for not doing something that 90 percent of Americans, 80 percent of republicans, the vast majority of the U.S. constituency wanted to get done.”
The President went as far as saying that it was a “pretty shameful day for Washington.”
“But,” he added, “it is not over. We can still bring about meaning changes that reduce gun violence, as long as the American people don’t give up on it.”
Even without Congress, Obama’s administration said that they will keep doing everything they can to protect more of the communities, address the barriers that prevent state from participating in the existing background check system, give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so they can do their job.
The President also said that we can do more if “Congress gets its act together.”
“If this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters,” Obama said.
President Obama encouraged the people to stand up, which was perhaps the most important aspect of it all.
“To change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this. And when necessary, you have got to send the right people to Washington. And that requires strength and persistence,” Obama said.
President Obama ended his speech with three sentences.
“This was round 1.
We are going to get this done.
Sooner or later we are going to get this right.”
For access to the video, click here.