After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut,
the United States has been in constant debate on new gun control laws.
The most recent gun-control proposal, Manchin-Toomey background check
amendment had the best chance at passing through Congress. It was, however,
defeated in the Senate on April 17, 2013. This proposal would have extended
background checks for gun buyers to include those purchased at gun shows
and on the internet. The proposal was six votes shy of passing the Senate
and moving on the chamber. Recent polls that were done through the United
States show that Americans are in support for tougher background check
on gun buyers. One of the reasons the President and the rest of American
are so upset that the proposal didn't pass is because almost 90 percent
of American citizens supported the amendment. This makes American citizens
wonder why the Senate wouldn't pass an amendment that almost every
American citizen wanted.
President Obama backed the proposal after the Sandy Hook shootings in December.
The President is a vocal supporter of gun control and after the Senate
not passing the amendment, called Wednesday April 17, a "pretty shameful
day in Washington". The original legislation wanted to ban the passage
of high assault weapons and limit high capacity ammunition magazines.
These were removed from the amendment, and tougher background checks were
the only remaining part. It was both Republicans and Democrats who responsible
for the failure of the amendment. However, only four Republicans supported
the proposal, which made Democrats the main supporters of the amendment.
One of these four Republicans in support was of the amendment was one
of the creators, Senator Pat Toomey. Senator Harry Reid also decided to
vote no, although by doing this allows him to bring the proposal back
at a later time.
The NRA calls the amendment "misguided" and says that tougher
background checks won't help keep children safe in schools or even
reduce violent gun related crime. Others believe that the tougher background
checks would lead to the government keeping a list of gun owners and their
firearms, which over 55 percent of Americans oppose. The NRA promoted
that if the amendment was passed would lead to a list which would eventually
lead to the government taking their firearms. This strategy to lie about
what the bill contained started when one Senator didn't like a bill
on health reform so he lied to instill fear about the bill. However by
reading the entire Manchin-Toomey background check amendment, one would
discover that the amendment prevents such a list from coming into existence.
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