by Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The U.S. Senate rejected a bipartisan measure, sponsored by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, to expand federal background checks.
Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, is disappointed the Toomey-Manchin amendment didn’t pass but says the fight for gun control laws will go on.
“We’ll have to go back and do more education and just really continue to amplify the voices of the American people to get this done,” said Goodman. “We’re not in this for a sprint, this is really a long fight.”
The sponsors, Pennsylvania’s republican Senator Toomey and West Virginia’s democrat Joe Manchin, say the bill would have kept guns away from criminals and mentally ill while respecting the second amendment.
Though both are highly graded by the NRA, the amendment didn’t get the group’s support. And since Sandy Hook, Goodman and others said this battle for gun control would be different. But despite the setback, Goodman says it still is.
“I think if people think this was going to shut everybody up and make them go home, I think they’ve sorely underestimated what’s going to happen,” said Goodman.