Giffords 'furious' after Senate reject background check proposal


by Gene Kang

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 10:27 AM

(WHAS11) -- Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, was one of many politicians who voted down a proposal for gun control Wednesday and now .           

President Barack Obama said: "All in all this was a shameful day for Washington. This effort is not over."

Senators rejected a bipartisan effort to widen Federal background checks on gun buyers. The proposal fell short of the 60 votes needed to move through the Senate. An attempt to ban assault-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines failed as well.

Gabby Giffords said in a New York Times Op-Ed article: "Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I'm furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done."

According to polls, about 90 percent of Americans favor universal background checks on weapons.

Rebecca Groves, Louisville resident, said: "I do think it will not hurt to do background checks on people. I'm totally disappointed about that.

"I think they need to go over and above and beyond to keep some kind of control on guns," said Louisville resident, Susan Smothers.

Jim Groves said Louisville resident: "I don't think any increased gun legislation would stop what has happened."

Some critics say a new image on McConnell's Facebook page is insensitive.    
His campaign put his image next to Democrat Majority Leader, Harry Reid.  

It reads:

Reid: "Can we have this much gun control?"
McConnell: "No."
Reid: "This much?"
McConnell: "You can have this much."

McConnell makes a "zero" symbol with his hands.   
Reid is shown making a sad face.

Rand Paul and Dan Coates voted no to proposed gun control measures.
Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly voted yes.