The activists who launched an unprecedented campaign to impose stricter firearms regulations vow to keep pressing Congress, despite a major congressional defeat this week, McClatchy Newspapers report. They pledged to continue holding protests and rallies, vigils, and petition drives. “Neither of us is deterred,” said Mark Kelly, the husband of former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011. Their organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, and others that launched a national movement to tighten gun laws after the mass shooting of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Ct., will thank senators who voted for the legislation and try to “shame” the ones who didn't.
Some who opposed their efforts appeared to revel in the bill's failure. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is facing re-election next year, used his campaign's Facebook page to poke fun at the other side. Beside a picture of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), it shows McConnell using his thumb and index finger to form a “zero” and it reads, “You can have this much gun control.” “Guns haven't been an issue for quite some time on the national scene,” said William Vizzard, a criminal justice professor at California State University, Sacramento, a former agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “It's the biggest hubbub on guns in a long time.”