In reaction to the defeat of gun control in the U.S. Senate yesterday, editorial pages across the nation are seething with anger, lashing out at rural America, gun manufacturers and the NRA.
Both the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune called the defeat "shameful" - echoing Pres. Obama who yesterday called the defeat "A shameful day for Washington."
"Courage was in short supply"
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes:
"Courage was in short supply at the Capitol on Wednesday. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor the sort of background checks that Manchin and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) had proposed to keep weapons from the felonious and the insane. A majority of senators supported it, too. But too many cowered in the face of fierce opposition from the National Rifle Association."
"Rural America vs. Sensible Gun Control"
A Bloomberg piece written by "The Editors" is titled: "Rural America vs. Sensible Gun Control."
The article states:
"Gun manufacturers, the National Rifle Association, a narrow band of gun-rights ideologues and, to a lesser degree, the 16 percent of Americans who live in rural areas were well represented. Most of the American public was not."
"The Senate Fails Americans"
In the New York Times, the Editorial Board writes:
"For 45 senators, the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a forgotten tragedy. The toll of 270 Americans who are shot every day is not a problem requiring action. The easy access to guns on the Internet, and the inevitability of the next massacre, is not worth preventing."
In an LA Times opinion piece titled, "What Now on Gun Control," the Editorial Board writes:
"Despite the mounting casualties of gun violence and a brutal massacre that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., the Senate on Wednesday failed to pass a bipartisan compromise to widen background checks for potential purchasers of guns as well as several other relatively modest gun-related measures. That shameful failure is yet another powerful reminder of how difficult it is to make progress on gun control at the federal level."
"A Vote for Violence"
A Chicago Tribune editorial titled, "A Vote for Violence" states:
"Shameful disconnect defeated the Senate's best chance at passing meaningful gun restrictions, gutting the first serious attempt at such legislation in two decades."
"Outrageous Rejection" of Anti-Violence
The Chicago Sun Times writes:
"The streets of Chicago are a long way from Washington. Nothing showed that more clearly than the U.S. Senate's outrageous rejection Wednesday of a legislative measure that would have given our nation an essential anti-violence reform - universal background checks for people buying guns."
"45 Percent of the Senate Foils 90 Percent of America"
A Rolling Stone Magazine article titled, "Gun Control: 45 Percent of the Senate Foils 90 Percent of America," states:
"The victims of Tuscon (sic) and Aurora and Newtown were betrayed today. Despite having the backing of 90 percent of Americans, the push to prevent felons, cartels and the mentally ill from easily buying guns in this country was foiled by the National Rifle Association and its allies in the Senate."