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Gabby Giffords ‘Furious’ At Senators For Failing To Pass Gun Control Measure

Gabby Giffords furious at gun control bill failure

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords slammed Senators who “gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation” on requiring background checks for gun purchases — a measure supported by nearly 90 percent of Americans — in a New York Times op-ed.

“Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious,” Giffords, herself a victim of gun violence, wrote in her response to the Senate vote. “I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.”

The background check measure was crafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). It was seen as a key component to passing the first legislation in over a decade to address mass shootings such as the one that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December and the Aurora, Colorado shooting in July. The amendment failed by a vote of 54-46, falling just short of the 60 votes required to break a filibuster.

The last time the Senate began considering gun control legislation in response to a mass shooting was in 1999 following the Columbine High School massacre. A bill proposed by Rep. Orrin Hatch to curb juvenile violence and close the “gun show” loophole just barely passed by a 48-47 vote. Of the eight current Republican senators who voted for Hatch’s background check bill 14 years ago, only two — Susan Collins and John McCain — supported the Toomey-Manchin proposal.

Giffords’ op-ed was actually her second criticism of senators failing to pass gun control legislation.

“Moments ago, the U.S. Senate decided to do the unthinkable about gun violence — nothing at all,” Giffords wrote in a fundraising email sent out just seconds after the vote. “Over two years ago, when I was shot point-blank in the head, the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. It’s clear to me that if members of the U.S. Senate refuse to change the laws to reduce gun violence, then we need to change the members of the U.S. Senate.”

Giffords’ sentiment echoed that of President Obama, who called the vote a “shameful day for Washington.”

Are you surprised that the Senate rejected the Toomey-Manchin gun control bill?

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33 Responses to “Gabby Giffords ‘Furious’ At Senators For Failing To Pass Gun Control Measure”

  1. Anonymous

    Get over it Gabby. Stoppy gabbin bout it,,, One round from any gun would have done the same thing to you. You need to be working on dysfunctional minds instead of trying to remove dangerous objects from availability.. Because you can never win there.

  2. James A. Sands

    90% of Americans support background checks! No, this is a bogus statement. The senators voted how their constituents voiced!

  3. Frances Holley

    Ms. Gifford, I sympathize with you for your terrible injury, but taking guns away from lawful people is not the answer. Do you think criminals will follow rules regarding purchasing or owning guns? How has states and countries fared with the anti-gun laws? Not very well, I'm afraid. Our second amendment right should not be tampered with. You could easily have been maimed by a bomb, any other explosives, knives etc.

  4. Mari Morrison

    Gabby…does anyone really care about what you think….All liberals are wortless, so get over it!

  5. Mari Morrison

    Gabby…no one really cares what you think about anything….liberals are not too smart!

  6. Bill McDonald

    If the Liberals are so stupid to think background checks would cut or stop the tragic events that she went through or the Sandy Hook elementary school I am amazed they managed to elect Obama. The Liberal push for expanded background checks is to carry out a huge increase in the size of Government, always an objective for the Liberals. Just think how many more departments and the usual un qualified people to staff them. Anything to make Government larger and give the Democrats more votes.

  7. Linda Foster

    Amen to that, Mari…what makes her think her being 'furious' matters a hill of beans…I'm sorry she was wounded by an idiot shooting a rapid fire weapon, but that still doesn't give her bunch the right to start chipping away at our Bill of Rights!!!! We're Americans, and we have the right to bear arms. That's why we came over here in the first place. We wanted these precious rights and we're willing to fight for them…

  8. Darrell Miller

    Does no one find it strange that Ms. Gifford was not a gun control fanatic until she became a victim? If it is such a "known fact" that guns kill people, why wasn't Ms. Gifford preaching "the message" before her attack? The reason is simple! She like 99% of all other politicians. SELF SERVING! Wake up America!

  9. Anonymous

    it was the add on's the amendments,,, I want to have friday night stoneing's for killers etc.

  10. Leigh Cross

    I was horrified by what happened to Gabby and the Newton children however I do not think passing this law would make a tiny bit of difference. Criminals will still get guns without a background check. The problem is much larger and it needs to be addressed. Meanwhile, taking away law abiding citizens rights is not the way to do it. Let them have that inch and watch the mile they want to strip you of next.

  11. C Peyton Williams

    You people are ignorant fools who choose to beleive lies because you desperately wish to beleive what fits into your aggenda. You wioll go to your graves swearing that lies are the truth. Try actually looking into the facts instead of just believing what Wayne told you. He is a proven liar. Of course youi will not, you prefer to live in your little fantasy world.

  12. Michael Evans

    No they caved into the pressure of the US CITIZENS who demanded their Senators vote against this Anti-Constitutional bill. The CITIZENS and not just a few like you. The lie about a 90% in favor of the bill is just another of the lies and smears concocted over the bodies of dead children. The polls showed LESS than 50% approved of this over reaching fear mongering bill. Shame on you for pretending to serve your country and first time something goes wrong you want to destroy it. Must have suffered severe brain damage, but still no excuse for you spreading fear , lies and using dead people to further your own personal agenda.
    What about the student in Texas who just slashed 14 student with a XACTO knife? What is your plan? We already know, you are going to lobby for the ban of hobbies and their materials.

  13. Calvin Caple

    Why don't you go after the demons that caused this. They throw a guy in jail but, the creature causing this goes on to another person. God says, "My people die for lack of knowledge" What is the reason for this? People don't wake up with this in mind. If you don't know what evil really is, read the book of Enoch. They do live here also and they bring great pain on man. It's not the gun. It's them. Please don't think we're alone. Wake up! Churches don't talk about this cause they do not know. Prove all things lest yes be deceived. Thank you!

  14. James Allotta

    If Mrs. Giffords cares so much about the safety of our children, she should do something about swimming pools. Nearly 1500 children drown every year in the US. That's more than three time the amount that die from guns. Stop with the "FEEL GOOD" legislation that accomplishes nothing!

  15. Virginia Mullen

    If there was a plan to fix a loop hole that helped, say, give you money, you sure as hell would vote for it. The ridiculous argument that extending background checks on more people would change anything in the second amendment is just that; ridiculous. I'm sick to death that you people who don't want better background checks, hide behind the 2nd amendment. HEAR ME NOW, WE DON'T WANT YOU TO GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. WE WANT BACKGROUND CHECKS.

  16. William Long

    live in chicago some of the toughest gun laws in the country so why is it we also have the highest murder rate gun lawsont save pepole giving are kid respect and something to live for dose.

  17. Rob Billeaud

    Makes sense, except for the fact that expanded background checks would have done NOTHING to prevent the shootings she referred to. The man who shot her, Jared Loughner, legally obtained the gun that he used and passed the requisite background checks. There was nothing in his past to indicate he was potentially violent. In the Sandy Hook shooting case, Adam Lanza, was not even using guns that he owned. They belonged to his mother. Again, expanded background checks would have done nothing to prevent this tragedy. I'm with you. If they can come up with ways to prevent future attacks of this nature without infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights, I'll offer my firm support; but the Senators that voted against this amendment saw through the emotional blackmail and realized that these were mere knee jerk reactions to pacify the public and would offer no real solutions to the problems we face with gun violence.

  18. Mike Jones

    And none of these laws would have changed Sandy Hook, Denver or when Gabby was shot. Washington DC and New York have the toughest laws on the books but have the highest firearm crime/murder rate then any other city or State. Tell me why more laws will make a difference as the bad guys ignore the laws.

  19. Jeannie Kourakos

    I agree with Ms. Gifford! Get rid of those Senators that said no!

  20. Michael Dustin

    Democrats always get furious when democracy works. It was doomed to fail in the house anyway. Either she's pissed now…or pissed later.

  21. Maggie Meister

    Mari, I care what she thinks as she is a victim who has suffered from gun violence whereas you just suffer from stupidity. We came over here for quite a few reasons not just gun control – study your history.

  22. David Spencer

    If I thought what was proposed had any chance whatsoever of preventing another mass murder I would be in favor of it but it doesn't. These people (Rep. Giffords and [some of, not all] the Newtown parents) maybe someday will realize how they are being used and manipulated by Obama and those statists who want and need a disarmed population to achieve their nefarious goals. My heart breaks for the victims but they need to realize doing something isn't necessarily doing the right thing. The common thread between Aurora, Newtown, Arizona, VaTech, Oikus University and others has been "mental illness." Until we get beyond the polite sensibilities of political correctness and address this, the real problem, nothing will change. Also, beware the meaningless term now being used, "common sense solutions." It might sound good but is a Trojan horse by which much mischief could be done to law-abiding, Constitution loving, tax paying gun owning citizens. Obama is also "furious." Too bad he can't get half as furious over the hundreds of Fast & Furious gun running murders or the 4 murdered Americans in Benghazi.

  23. Mark S. Taylor

    I also agree with Gabrielle and those Republicans/Conservatives are so damned paranoid that WW3 is about to start they are stockpiling their ammunition getting ready for war. They believe that WE Democrats are out to take all of their guns away from them. Bunch of fools! I can't believe that they would want to keep high powered "machine" like rifles out on the streets……and, regardless or not if a "criminal" could or could not get a hold of these killing machines, at least this bill would have been a start to make it harder to do so. They are ALL still so swollen up over the fact that President Obama was elected a 2nd term that they (like in his first election) will do nothing what so ever to help him help this country! I moved to California from South Carolina back in 1986 and my whole family, for the most part, are Republicans and I hear over and over again how they feel that this gun law would have soon made it possible for their guns to be traced and eventually even taken away at some point. Needless to say, I "butt" heads with many of them very often about their paranoid ways of thinking. Maybe the next school shooting (God forbid) will take place in a RED state and just maybe, just maybe, they will think differently about all of this! I hope to God that I do not live long enough to ever see another Republican back in the White House! PS: I've said what I have to say and will not comment further via arguments!

  24. Joe Parsons

    Wow, god bless America. Don't you hear your severely slanted bias when you speak. It seems your brains are a thousand miles from your tongues, when you should be sounding like your tongue and brain are two inches apart. Damn proud of your ability to speak, but common sense says that everyone else could see your point of view but they can't get their heads that far up their backsides. Thank God! Common sense has left the building.

  25. Pa Millar

    Sadly 1 have to agree with the comments listed..Difficult to change the 'gun culture' in the USA….Other countries such as Europe & Canada….Guns are NOT Acceptable…there is no such thing as 'Gun Shows' Live in North part of Toronto with a lot of immigrant groups….this is a common theme with them for immigrating to Canada especially Asians and East Asians….Safety/Education Standards are 0 in the USA….

    Shooting people and attacking other whether it be by guns or bombs have become 'acceptable' in the USA.
    Make news for week or so then it is on to some other incident…New town is 80-90% forgotten…Steve M

  26. Pa Millar

    Darrell Miller is right on…but seems to me that other countries value 'their citizens more than America' cannot imagine someone living in Canada having their basement full of weapons with a young man who has
    'health issues'….What does your 3 or 4th Amendment to your constitution say?? Americans are 'paranoid'….Boston Marathon bombers would say that the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan made them do this…
    Had the 2nd bomber being smarter, he would have got rid of the white baseball cap & laid low at the University he was attending…Seemed to have made friends who he could have got him some groceries for a couple of days…..then off in his car out of the area to another state….Nobody catches him….

  27. Noel Potts

    Kudos to you Maggie. One of the very few sane voices I have read on these responses. As Obama said "Shame on Washington" for dismissing background checks ! Noel

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