"A Washington Post/ABC News poll this week says 70 percent of Americans think the Republican Party is out of touch. The same poll found that 86 percent of Americans -- and 84 percent of those who call themselves Republicans -- support requiring background checks on gun purchases made at gun shows or over the Internet. On Wednesday, a measure that would do exactly that was stopped in the U.S. Senate after gaining the support of only four Republicans. Any questions? That shameful disconnect defeated the Senate's best chance at passing meaningful gun restrictions."
Los Angeles Times:
"Wednesday's votes neither reflected the will of most Americans -- who, in poll after poll, favor measures to control the proliferation of guns -- nor even most members of the Senate, 54 of whom voted for the proposal to widen background checks. Although that represents a majority, nothing of consequence clears the Senate these days without a supermajority of 60 votes, the number needed to overcome a filibuster. It's a bitter disappointment for those who thought that the nation's collective outrage might at last bring sense to Congress."
The New York Times:
"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 .... The overwhelming national consensus to tighten a ridiculously lax set of gun laws was stopped cold. That's because the only thing that mattered to these lawmakers was a blind and unthinking fealty to the whims of the gun lobby .... It's now up to voters to exact a political price from those who defied the public's demand .... The next step is to replace those whose loyalty is given to a lobby rather than the people."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"Cowards in the U.S. Senate ... killed what was at most a minimalist attempt to bring some level of sanity to the nation's gun debate .... Here's the most important element of that vote: It didn't fail after a long debate. It didn't fail on its merits. It failed because Republicans -- most of them anyway -- were more interested in lying about the bill than passing sound public policy."
Miami Herald:"On Wednesday, even the most benign common-sense proposal to close the loophole on background checks for gun purchases met a dead end .... Republican senators played it safe, despite the carnage that's happening all around them .... The Second Amendment does not protect criminals. Yet the NRA was doing exactly that by spreading outright lies during the Senate debate."