“Ultimately, political fear and outrageous claims won out over common sense.”

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWVUS) today expressed frustration and disappointment with the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass an amendment that would have required background checks for gun purchases even though it had garnered support from an overwhelming majority of Americans.

“The failure of the Senate to pass this amendment marks a sad day, not only for the many victims lost to gun violence, but for the Senators who were unable to find the strength to do the right thing,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League. “Ultimately, political fears and outrageous claims won out over common sense.”

“The Senators who voted against this amendment failed in their fundamental duty to protect Americans from wanton gun violence. They should have stood up to the special interest gun lobby and their money and instead stood with the American people,” MacNamara said.

“Senators Manchin and Toomey deserve the thanks and appreciation of the nation, not only for the courage to seek compromise across partisan lines, but for the courage to do the right thing against a powerful and unforgiving lobbying force,” added MacNamara.

The League of Women Voters of the United States has a long-standing position in support of gun control.  Since 1990, we have lobbied in support of banning assault weapons, requiring all dealers to run criminal background checks at gun shows, and opposing laws that grant special protection for the gun industry.

“This fight is not over, it is far too important,” concluded MacNamara. “Gun control is a matter of public safety and public health. It is long past time for vital measures to stop the carnage. On behalf of our members and supporters from across this country, we urge Washington to help put a stop to this violence.”

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