The emotional pleas from the families of Newtown victims and the urging of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who is herself a recovering victim of the 2011 Arizona mass shooting, and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly were to no avail.
|"Our hearts are broken. Our spirit is not."|
Giffords and her husband issued a joint statement following the Senate vote charging that the Senate "ignored the will of the American people. . . We will use every means possible to make sure the constituents of these senators know that their elected representatives ignored them, and put Washington, D.C. special interest politics over the effort to keep their own communities safer from the tragedy of gun violence."
After Vice President Biden, who was presiding over the Senate, announced that the proposed legislation had been defeated, a woman in the gallery cried out, “Shame on you!” She echoed the words I expressed in yesterday’s blog post, and what every reasonable American should be feeling toward every one of those members of the Senate and House who are preventing the passage of the gun legislation.
Shame on you!