Gun-Control Background Checks Fail; Upset Supporters Vent Online

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 11:10 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Legislation that would expand gun control, including tighter background checks, failed to gather the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate Wednesday, and critics have taken to social media to blast Republicans for blocking the measure.

A bipartisan compromise to expand background checks to weed out convicted criminals and the severely mentally ill from obtaining weapons was shot down, along with proposed bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, despite the fact that 90 percent of Americans would support such laws, according to polls cited by President Barack Obama.

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"A minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count," wrote former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who left Congress after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head in 2011, in a New York Times op-ed Wednesday.

Others had more strong words for the Senate.








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