CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) – A Crown Heights mural tells the story of guns in the community — from the Second Amendment, to the iron pipeline that allows guns from states with weaker laws to get into New York, to the death and destruction caused by many of those illegal guns on these streets.
But on Wednesday a clearly frustrated President Obama said the effort to get those illegal guns out of communities like Crown Heights took a major blow with the Senate voting down a bill that would have strengthened gun regulations throughout the country.
With a vote of 54 to 46 the Senate fell short of the 60 votes required to block a republican filibuster on new gun control legislation today.
The amendment would have expanded background checks to most commercial gun sales, and was widely supported by the public.
The defeat comes after a massive campaign by the White House following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown Connecticut.
Despite the President’s disappointment, the NRA fired back this evening calling the amendment flawed. In a statement executive Director Chris Cox said:
“This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.”
But as the President was joined by the father of one of the boys killed in the Newtown shootings he said the law would eventually reflect the view of the American public. And President Obama said that any claims that the Newtown families were being used as propaganda to push an agenda are outrageous.
He also blasted the NRA and its allies in Washington for “spreading untruths” about a “big brother gun registry”. The president called it a “shameful day for Washington.”