Yesterday Democrats and Republicans united to defend the Second Amendment, defeating a series of amendments to Senate gun control legislation. The biggest blow was when five Democrats voted with a majority of Republicans to defeat the controversial Toomey-Manchin amendment related to background checks. Five Democrats voted against it: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for procedural reasons. Four Republicans voted for the amendment: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). As I've pointed out, nothing in the amendment would have prevented the horrible tragedies experienced in Newtown or Aurora.
After the defeat, President Obama made his way to the Rose Garden to make a statement about the vote.
His statement has been described by many as a “temper tantrum” or a “hissy fit.” The visibly upset Obama called it a “shameful day for Washington.” He also accused those opposed to the bill as lying: "The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill.” He went on to say that “this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators.” That's pretty hypocritical coming from the same man who spent nearly a month earlier this year lying about the impacts of sequestration in order to intimidate Republicans into caving. Or how about the lies we were fed about ObamaCare: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” or the purposeful budget gimmickry used to sell it to the American people.
Obama wasn't the only liberal who was upset. Nanny Mayor Michael Bloomberg also issued a scathing response, which reads in part: “More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby.” This isn't the first time law-abiding gun owners who want to protect our Second Amendment rights have been labeled “extremists” and I imagine it won't be the last.