Senators dealt with their own threat

The slaughter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a horrible thing, but not horrible enough to shake enough votes loose in the U.S. Senate for some meaningful gun law reform.

The Senate failed to pass a compromise gun control amendmentWednesday, a measure that would have expanded background checks to include people buying guns at gun shows from private dealers. Right now, anybody with a pocket full of cash can walk into a gun show and buy from a private dealer, no questions asked.

The stripped down amendment failed on a 54-46 vote. It needed 60 votes to move on.

Apparently, the idea of some nut job buying an assault weapon and using it to blast away at a bunch of people wasn’t as clear and pressing a threat to some senators as the idea of facing their gun-supporting voters in the 2014 election. Another massacre? A tragic occurence and a sad commentary on our times. Failing to get re-elected? UNSPEAKABLE!

One senator, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, had the temerity to accuse the parents of the Sandy Hook victims, who came to Washington to lobby for reforms, of being “props” for the Obama Administration’s attempts to politicize the tragedy.

President Obama was right to castigate Paul and the other senators who put politics ahead of the public’s safety.