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The senators too cowardly to allow a vote on background checks

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Tell the senators who filibustered the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise amendment:

We have teachers standing up to gunmen, but the Senate won't stand up to the NRA. Shame on you for filibustering the background check amendment in the gun bill and blocking an up-or-down vote on the gun bill. In the wake of Newtown, we at least deserve a vote.

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    The senators too cowardly to allow a vote on background checks

    It’s outrageous.

    And shameful.

    Because of 45 senators, including four Democrats, the American people won’t get an up-or-down vote on even the most modest part of the president’s gun regulation agenda.

    At the behest of the NRA, these cowardly senators filibustered a bipartisan compromise that would have expanded background checks. Expanding background checks is supported by 90 percent of the American people. But it’s opposed by the NRA and the gun manufacturers. And as a result, 45 senators mounted a filibuster to kill the bill.

    Tell your senator: Shame on you for filibustering the bipartisan compromise on expanding background checks and for killing our best chance at strengthening gun regulations in the wake of Newtown.

    *Note: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) supported the legislation, but he voted against it for procedural reasons, in order to preserve the right to bring the measure back up.

    CREDO members marched, met with their senators’ staff members, signed petitions, and made thousands of phone calls. We have asked for sensible gun violence prevention laws to be enacted. But in the end, the Senate voted with the NRA, not the vast majority of the American people.

    These senators need to know that we are holding them responsible for this undemocratic filibuster that denied an up-or-down vote on background checks.

    Tell your senator: Shame on you for filibustering the bipartisan compromise on expanding background checks and for killing our best chance at strengthening gun regulations in the wake of Newtown.

    Thank you for continuing the fight against the NRA and the politicians who put the interest of the gun manufacturers before the safety of our children.

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    Michael McAuliff, "Gun Bill Background Check Amendment Fails, Other Key Provisions To Follow." Huffington Post, April 17, 2013.