Mayor Bloomberg rips Senators on gun background checks vote
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is lashing out at senators who voted against a plan to expand federal background checks to more gun buyers.
The mayor calls Wednesday's vote "a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington." He says some lawmakers are more interested in protecting their political careers than protecting Americans' lives.
Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats voted Wednesday to scuttle the plan. It needed 60 votes to advance.
President Barack Obama, Bloomberg and relatives of victims of last year's Connecticut school massacre were among the measure's champions.
Bloomberg has spent millions of dollars of his personal fortune to back candidates who agree with his gun-control views. He also helps lead a group of mayors who advocate for tighter gun restrictions.