A lot of gun control advocates are upset about what happened in the Senate on Wednesday as a (mostly) Republican minority filibustered gun regulations that the majority of Americans support. Everybody probably knows by now how President Obama feels. Standing next to Gabrielle Giffords who is "furious" at the White House, the president scolded the Senate for failing to move forward with gun control reform and said it was "a pretty shameful day in Washington." A very vocal group of gun control supporters echoed the sentiment in the minutes that followed — more on that in a second.
But conservatives seem pretty pleased. And hey, why shouldn't they be? They took a measure like expanded background checks — a measure that 90 percent of Americans support — and blocked it from coming up for a vote. They even pulled some sympathetic Democrats across the aisle in the process. That's a quite a feat, politically speaking! However, if you agree with the president, it's also quite a betrayal. Stonewalling the popular legislation not only betrays the majority of Americans that support it. It also betrays the victims of gun violence whose friends and family have been pleading for Washington to do something productive about the problem.