West Virginia's Sen. Joe Manchin led a valiant national attempt to protect Americans from gun murders and massacres. His effort was lauded across the country. After a minority of Republican senators, plus four rural Democrats, killed his crusade last week, an explosion of U.S. disgust arose.
Instead of offering you another Charleston Gazette argument, we present the reaction of some U.S. newspapers:
"Upward of 90 percent of the American public supports extending background checks to all gun sales. The NRA seemingly can't even persuade its own members; 85 percent of them want to expand background checks .... The only group over which the NRA appears to have any influence is the U.S. Congress -- specifically, the vast majority of Republicans and a handful of Democrats who so lust after political office that they would rather risk the deaths of more children than incur the wrath of the National Rifle Association. The American people cannot allow anyone so craven to remain in Congress."
San Jose Mercury News:
"In the end, the slaughter of 20 children and their six brave caretakers in Newtown, Conn., did nothing: nothing to weaken the stranglehold the gun industry has on Congress or to strengthen our shoddy patchwork of laws to protect the innocent. It's a dark day for America .... Apparently, several hundred million Americans are no match for the multi-million dollar gun lobby."
Kansas City Star:
"The U.S. Senate's handling of a gun safety package was cowardly and contemptible .... 'All in all, this was a pretty shameful day in Washington,' President Obama said in a news conference. A very shameful day. What kind of governing body responds to a national crisis by refusing to even discuss it openly and publicly?"
Philadelphia Daily News:
"The gun industry and its NRA shills promoted bare-faced lies in fighting the measure that would have required background checks on all commercial gun sales, including those made via the Internet and gun shows .... [Four] cowardly Democratic senators and 49 Republicans voted the measure down in a big 'go to hell' to the majority of Americans who favor background checks, and an even bigger 'go to hell' to families devastated by gun violence."