Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun advocacy group formed by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly, praised the first step taken by the Senate Thursday to debate a background check bill, but issued a warning to the senators who voted against debating the bill.
“Today’s vote is an important first step towards reducing gun violence,” Pia Carusone, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. “We commend Senator Manchin and Senator Toomey for their hard work and success in finding compromise on common sense solutions and protecting the second amendment.”
To those senators who voted ‘no’ Thursday, the group warned they would educate their constituents about the vote:
To the senators who voted no today: We regret your attempt to obstruct debate and deny a vote to the families of Newtown, of Tucson, of Aurora, and countless other communities across the country. Americans deserve better than the loyalty to the corporate gun lobby that you displayed today. With our help, your constituents will be educated and reminded of your actions today and in the coming weeks ahead.