President Obama has tasted defeat, and he doesn’t like it – but he’s just one of many on the left lashing out in anger and anguish after a series of gun-control measures went down to defeat Wednesday.
The president was not exactly gracious in defeat after experiencing what Politico called his “biggest loss.”
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama proclaimed shortly after the Senate vote.
“They claimed that it would create some sort of Big Brother gun registry, even though it did the opposite,” Obama insisted.
The ACLU had joined the NRA in condemning the original version of a background check bill because of fears it could lead to a national registry.
Many still harbored those fears because of a record-keeping requirement in the version of the amendment that went down to defeat Wednesday by a vote of 54 to 46. The amendment needed 60 votes to pass. It would have expanded checks to cover all firearms sales at gun shows and online.
Democrats had pinned their hopes on the background check bill because they knew measures to ban so-called assault weapons and limit ammunition magazines had no chance of success, and, indeed, those amendments also failed Wednesday.
Some liberals were inconsolable, while others were seething with rage – before, during and after the votes.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., scoffed, “It shows us the cowardice of the Senate.”
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