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Thursday, April 18, 2013

U.S. Senate Voted “NO” To Expanded Gun Background Checks

With an overwhelming public support of 90%  in favor of Gun control (Manchin-Toomey Amendment) to S. 649, the Firearms Bill expanding background checks on firearms sales as well as a proposal to ban some semi-automatic weapons modeled after military assault weapons, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday April, 17, 2013 voted {YEA 54, NAY 46} to struck down the Bill.

According to ABC News (2012), “the number of people killed by firearms in the United States remains high.  The FBI Uniform Crime Reported between 2006 and 2010 (47,856) people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as were killed by all other means combined."

In an attempt to curb the alarming death rate by firearms and mass shootings/killings in the U.S., along with the resent killing of 20 first-graders and five other educators in Newtown, Connecticut in December, the Bill was designed to keep guns out of the hands of:

1.      Terrorists
2.      Gang Members
3.      Criminals
4.      Violent Offenders
5.      Mentally ill/Deranged Persons
6.      And Al-Qaeda Members

across America. "Instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby (National Rifle Association, NRA) and its allies willfully lied about the bill," Obama told White House reporters. He called it a "pretty shameful day for Washington" and questioned, "Who are we here to represent?"

Sadly, the relatives of gun violence victims as well as former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a gun owner who was disabled in a shooting attack were disappointed and heartbroken by the Senate’s decision to not protect or save innocent lives and families, especially our children across America. The families vowed not to give up on the fight for common sense legislation's to keep guns out of the hands of malicious and mentally deranged individuals.

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