Washington — In a 54-46 vote, in favor of tougher gun laws, a minority of the Senate defeated a compromise to expand background checks on firearms sales.

The following Democrats broke with their party and voted against the amendment: Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The majority of Republicans voted against the amendment.

The package of gun laws was pushed by President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre in December.

Fierce opposition and lies by the powerful National Rifle Association led a backlash by conservative Republicans from gun “ignorant” states doomed the key proposals in the gun package.

After the votes, Obama angrily criticized the NRA and senators who voted against the expanded background checks for rejecting a compromise he said was supported by a strong majority of Americans.

“Instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama told White House reporters.

Noting polls that showed 90% support for such a measure, Obama called it a “pretty shameful day for Washington” and wondered of Congress: “Who are we here to represent?” It was obvious that 46 Senators serve the NRA!

Rubio shamefully tried to deflect from the disgraceful vote by saying, “We have a violence problem”. No… we have a gun problem and the vote today showed who is beholden to the NRC and not the American people.

The Manchin-Toomey plan would have expanded background checks to include private sales at gun shows and all Internet sales, while continuing to exempt most sales between family members and friends.

Due to procedural steps agreed to by both sides, all the amendments considered Wednesday required 60 votes to pass in the 100-member chamber, meaning Democrats and their independent allies who hold 55 seats needed support from some GOP senators to push through the Manchin-Toomey proposal.

However, the NRA promised political retribution against supporters of tougher gun laws, and it called the expanded background checks a first step toward a national gun registry and government confiscation of firearms which is an obvious lie.

Will those who voted against the bill have to answer to voters during their next election?

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