Sen. Schumer: Blame NRA for Failure of Background Check Measure

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.

Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Right before the vote was announced, New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, told WNYC that gun control supporters have been intimidated.

“When you're in NYC, it's hard to realize how powerful the NRA is,” Sen. Schumer said.

Schumer spoke to WNYC on Wednesday afternoon about the gun control and immigration reform bills, as well as security threats in the Capitol.

To hear the Senator's conversation with WNYC's Amy Eddings, click the audio link above.

With the Associated Press. 



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الشيخ الروحاني

I can't stand sleeping in complete silence, so I always have a fan on. Also, I'lll admit that I use my ipod for most of my work day since الشيخ الروحاني
I spend a lot of it working through paperwork. I also often use it for my walks, though, from time to time, I'll go without it and just listen to the sounds around me and take in the nice weather.

Jul. 02 2013 07:36 AM
Oath breakers Constitution

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Apr. 26 2013 08:00 AM
Kathy Rawleigh

I have never heard of a criminal going for a back ground check!!!! Criminals will always have a way to put their hands on a gun, knife, baseball bat, ect. all these laws are going to do is make honest citizens into criminals!!!! Our goverment needs to do a better job at stopping the criminals! For instance: the guy that shot the first responders he KILLED is grandmother with a HAMMER!!! Why was he let out of prison???? He was a murderer!!! So he was let out to murder someone else!!!! Leave our second ammenment alone!! Honest citizens have the right to protect their families. It's our constitutional right! once you start taking them away we are no longer the free!!!!!!!

Apr. 21 2013 08:59 AM

From chuckies comments, I must he would be okay with euthanizing people over the age of 80 if the majority of the people wanted to do so? I must assume that he would be for eliminating all Muslims from the country if the majority of the people wanted it? The senate, at least some of them, upheld their oaths to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. The Constitution is to be used to protect the minority from the Tyranny of the majority?

Apr. 18 2013 04:47 PM
Sosalty from Bakersfield, CA

Seems the Federal govt prosecutes 'common sense citizens' more than gun abusing criminals. NY certainly does, a pregnant Mom checking in a locked handgun at the airport, really? With gun running Eric Holder at DOJ, it's a surprise the vote was close. National Right to carry might be 'common sense' but expanding the background check program that they've failed to support at its' present level isn't.

Apr. 18 2013 12:40 PM
MHR from NYC

Regarding Mike's comment on the NY State troopers being against the SAFE Act. I read their statement and it doesn't address the merits of these gun laws. Instead the statement concerns the act's lack of popularity in upstate communities, anti-police rhetoric fostering resentment of law enforcement and the fear that " ..enforcemnt of these new regulations will significantly increase the hazards of an already dangerous job." That sounds like a reflection on extremism of some gun owners rather than extremism of the law.

Apr. 18 2013 09:07 AM
Mary Reinertsen from New York

Not one thing up for vote yesterday violates anyone's constitutional rights. The objections range from enhanced background check would be "burdensome," to somewhere down the line they might lead to a gun registry, to they won't work. Well,the lack of gun laws with teeth and without loopholes certainly hasn't worked either. The Senate couldn't even vote for criminalizing illegal gun sales.

Apr. 18 2013 08:04 AM
David from Fairfield CT from CT

I blame the American people! The most pervasive disease in this country is amnesia. We have our 2 days of shock, outrage, and indignation them promply return to our Ipads, sports and Dancing With the Stars. Would anyone like to take a bet as to how many voters will remember to punish their cowardice senator in the next election for caving to the firearms industry and its number one mouth piece? They will all be reelected, that is if they voted to keep guns available to criminals and psychos.

Apr. 18 2013 07:38 AM
Doris from New York City

3500 people killed by guns since Newton. Still not enough?

Apr. 18 2013 07:30 AM

NRA $$$ is not as good as "Bermuda" Bloomberg's $$$ ? Is it because
Bloomberg is spending debased "quantitative easing" currency while
the NRA pays in gold ?.
Of course not.

The progressive media and the "semi-permanent" government will attempt to spin a narrative that the same process that allegedly gave us the "Affordable Care Act" (and the "TARP") has somehow been captured by constituencies unrepresentative of the electorate's will.

The president is attacking the very rules and institutions under which he has been "achieving" his vaunted progressive goals.
"We are all Americans" - until the opposition succeeds.

Sounds suspiciously similar to "One vote, one time."

Look for dissenting Democrat Senators to suffer embarrassing
personal disclosures, it's the trademark characteristic of
Soetoro/Obama campaigns "in extremis".

Apr. 17 2013 10:55 PM
Mike RS

New York State Police oppose the Safe Act, Governor are they extremists too?
Albany Police Department Union condemns the Safe Act, More extremists Governor?

Apr. 17 2013 10:41 PM
Bob Lopatin from Bellmore, NY

Remember when the Vice President was on call to break a tie in the Senate?
Remember when Congress reflected the will of the majority?
Remember when the Supreme Court protected the rights of beleaguered minorities?
Remember when the United States was a democracy and not an oligarchic plutocracy?

Apr. 17 2013 10:25 PM
steve from syracuse

it dam good that they rejected the background check lets say we have a few senators in there who know where we are coming from thank GOD . Schumer is a worthless piece of dog crap has to put his noise in everything waco 911 etc he just has to got his face all over and dose nothing . He is a leach off the tax payer and has been in office way to long he could not hold a real job him and bloomburg belong in the same boat along with the other 70% of those so called people that we put in office that are suppose to be there for us the american people NOT remember these so called people that are there for our betterment have done nothing but put it in our ASS

Apr. 17 2013 08:24 PM

No UN treaty can change the US Constitution. See this from Snopes to understand

Apr. 17 2013 07:32 PM

Tell Chuck Shumer that he is a New York Senator NOT a New York City Senator!!!!!!!!

Apr. 17 2013 07:30 PM
Duke from Monroe,NY

It is called defending the Constitution Senator!! Something you should try doing yourself. Like not signing a UN Treaty to do away with the 2nd Amendment like you and 45 other treasonas Senators did last week!!!!

Apr. 17 2013 06:51 PM

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