WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama proposed a set of measures aimed at trying to control gun violence. Among those was one to expand background checks before buying a gun.

That amendment failed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Both Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted 'no' on expanding background checks for gun buyers. The Senators said a 'no' vote best represents what most Idahoans want.

At a speech Wednesday evening, President Obama expressed his disappointment in the Senate's failure to pass expanded background checks for gun buyers.

This was a pretty shameful day for Washington. But this effort is not over, said the President.


However, Idaho's Senators said this is what most people they represent wanted.

The effort to add additional federal gun control was very strongly opposed across the country and particularly in Idaho. And I felt very strongly that my constituents were very opposed to a new and additional regime of federal gun control laws, said Senator Crapo.

Senator Risch said the 'no' vote crossed party lines.

It isn't really partisan at all. It's people taking the issue seriously, taking the second amendment seriously, taking the whole matter seriously, said Senator Risch. What you're doing is you're burdening the honest people, the people who want to exercise their second amendment rights without really gaining anything by it.

We spoke with a constitutional rights advocate here in Boise. Jason Robinson said this legislation would not stop gun crime.

Expanded background checks are nice in principle, but they wouldn't have stopped any of the most recent gun violence, unfortunately, said Robinson.


Families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting stood with President Obama. Even after their personal tragedy, and the failure of this legislation, many said they weren't giving up.

' Our hearts are broken, our spirit is not, said Mark Barden, who's son died in the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Still, the push to protect Second Amendment rights prevailed in the U.S. Senate.

This measure needed 60 votes out of the 100-member senate to pass. The final vote was 54 in favor to 46 against.

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