The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with five Democrats voting against it. Only four Republicans supported it.
Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again.
GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) voted "yes."
The reality is the NRA will handsomely reward the GOP senators who killed this bill, and they will use that money to buy ads calling their Democratic opponents tyrants and socialists and they will win. They will win in states like Texas and South Carolina and Kansas and Mississippi and Wyoming and Kentucky and they will win easily because voters in those states are simply not interested in punishing senators for voting against President Obama's "gun grab".
Until that changes, Gabby Giffords can write as many op-eds as she likes. Voters in red states just don't give a damn. The President today called this round one. The fight will take a long time. But nothing's going to change until the lock on red states is cracked open.