In the end, the vote on the Manchin-Toomey compromise to increase background checks for gun sales wasn't that close. With a 54-46 vote late Wednesday afternoon, the Senate failed to end a Republican-led filibuster of the proposal, prompting a visitor in the gallery to yell to the body, "Shame on you!"
Four Republicans defected from the rest of their party to support the measure: Senators Collins (ME), Kirk (IL), McCain (AZ), and sponsor Toomey (PA). Five Democrats defected to oppose it: Senators Baucus (MT), Begich (AK), Heitkamp (ND), Pryor (AR), and Reed (RI).
According to reporters in the room, the woman who yelled, "Shame on you!" was Patricia Maisch. Maisch was one of the three bystanders who tackled Jared Loughner after he shot Rep. Gabby Giffords in January 2011.
"Shame on you!" shouts Tuscon survivor Patricia Maisch from balcony when the vote was lost.Outside chamber she said "They have no soul."— michael viqueira (@mikeviqueira) April 17, 2013
Patricia Maisch, Tucson survivor who yelled "Shame on you!" after Senate vote, tells reporters she's "embarrassed" for Jeff Flake— daveweigel (@daveweigel) April 17, 2013
The National Rifle Association, having lobbied hard against the bipartisan deal, was quick to announce its approval of Wednesday's vote. "Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate," the gun lobby wrote in a statement. "We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those Senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation's most pressing problems."
How each Senator voted:
President Obama was scheduled to speak on the vote at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden.
(Pictured above: Gabby Giffords arrives to observe the Senate vote.)