Universal Gun Background Check Amendment Fails
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.