Apr 21, 2013 1:20 AM
TUCSON- It was the shout heard 'round the Senate chamber.
But January 8 shooting survivor Patricia Maisch says she wouldn't take back her outburst after Wednesday's vote on a gun control measure that would extend background checks. "I believe the senators that voted no, except Harry Reid, lost their souls that day," Maisch says.
Today Maisch joined several other supporters of gun control outside Sen. Jeff Flake's Tucson office. They showed their disappointment at Sen. Flake's decision to vote "no" on the measure.
"Shame on you Sen. Flake, I can't even call you our senator," shouted Roxanna Green, mother of the youngest victim of the January 8 shooting, Christina-Taylor Green. "I didn't vote for you and I never will. Shame on you! Who do you represent? You do not represent me!"
Later in the day it was a much different scene at Sen. John McCain's downtown office.
Sen. McCain, along with three other Republicans and 50 Democrats, voted in favor of the measure. But it needed 60 votes to pass. "He reached across the aisle, knowing the political ramifications and chose to represent his constituents' wishes," says Lois Curti of Organizing for Action.
Many of the gun control supporters acknowledge stricter gun laws won't stop every murder. "But if it can keep one child, or two children alive, that's what we need to do," Maisch says.
Todd Rathner, a member of the National Rifle Association, says extended background checks will only serve as an inconvenience. "Then if I want to sell a gun to somebody I've known for 25 years, I'm going to have to subject them to a background check," Rathner says.
Instead he says Congress needs to focus more on mental health. ""So that people who are psychotic, like the shooter in Newtown, the shooter in Aurora, the shooters in Columbine and all these other places, are in mental institutions and are not out among us," Rathner says.