Tony Bennett's campaign for gun control got another advocate Wednesday, when Paul McCartney showed his support, The Associated Press reported.
For Bennett's Voices Against Violence campaign, the former Beatle recorded a voice message that was part of a text-to-call operation. McCartney and others encouraged Americans to send a text, which led to the singer's message and connected the caller to his or her local Senate office after providing a zip code.
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But the Senate on Wednesday rejected a package of gun-control proposals in what probably is the end of a gun-control campaign orchestrated around December's slayings of 20 children and six aides at an elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats rejected tighter background checks for buyers. A ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines also fell in a series of showdown votes. A bid to loosen restrictions on concealed weapons carried across state lines was rejected, as well.
"This effort isn't over," President Barack Obama vowed at the White House moments after the defeat on one of his top domestic priorities. Surrounded by Newtown relatives, he said opponents of the legislation in both parties "caved to the pressure" of special interests.
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Bennett, 86, tweeted after the failed vote: "We will not stop until our voices are heard."
Families of Newton victims and others affected by gun violence have been lobbying lawmakers and appearing at news conferences.
Other celebrities who supported Bennett's campaign included Alec Baldwin, Gloria Estefan, and Josh Groban.
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