'Shame on You,' Spectators Yell When Gun Background Check Bill Rejected

Image: 'Shame on You,' Spectators Yell When Gun Background Check Bill Rejected Patricia Maisch, left, and Lori Haas.

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 02:41 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Two women were expelled from the Capitol Wednesday after shouting "shame on you" at senators after they shot down legislation that would have expanded gun control to include stricter background checks.

A bipartisan proposal that sought to expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and on the Internet failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass, spawning outrage among those gathered in the Senate chamber Wednesday.

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Patricia Maisch, of Tucson, Arizona, who took the gun magazine from the man who shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in 2011, explained why she yelled at the lawmakers.

"Because they are an embarrassment to this country that they don't have any compassion or care for people who have been taken brutally from their families," Maisch told reporters Wednesday.

Just as outraged was Lori Haas of Richmond, Virginia, whose daughter, Emily, was shot but survived the Virginia Tech massacre.

"We are sick and tired of the death in this country and these legislators stand up there and think it's a bunch of numbers," Haas told reporters. "There's been 187,000 Americans killed since Virginia Tech. My daughter was shot and injured six years ago yesterday. It's a shame, it's appalling, it's disgusting."

Giffords herself expressed her opinion on the decision in a New York Times op-ed.

"Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, six of whom died," she wrote. "These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them."

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Many others who were upset about the vote also spoke out against Senate Republicans.

"Time and time again, on issue after issue, I’m sorry to say, we’ve seen Republicans put their short-term political goals and interests ahead of the interests of mainstream America," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the media.

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