Statement by Third Way on the Senate’s Rejection of the Manchin-Toomey Background Check Compromise

Senators balked. They bowed to irrationality and fear.

April 17, 2013

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“The United States Senate just voted to keep open the floodgates of guns that flow into the illegal market and the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. When provided the opportunity to make America safer, in a manner that would actually strengthen the rights of law-abiding gun owners, too many Senators balked. They bowed to irrationality and fear.

“There is a bright side. Several Senators from rural states and with lifetime A-ratings from the NRA challenged orthodoxy and interest-group politics to draft and support legislation which would have expanded background checks. Their contribution to gun safety may forever change the politics of guns and make it possible to pass rational laws in the future that both protect gun rights and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill. We look forward to that day.

“We offer our appreciation to the President and the Vice President who led this effort, the bipartisan group of Senators who crafted the legislation, and our allies in the gun safety movement who worked tirelessly over the past four months to make the nation safer. The fight for universal background checks continues.”

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