Had Sen. Pat Toomey's amendment to expand background checks passed, Pennsylvania's other U.S. senator said Monday that it would not have been enough to curb gun violence.
"I keep coming back to the question of even if we got background checks done, I hope what wouldn't have happened is people start doing cartwheels that we had a great day in the U.S. Senate because we got background checks passed," Casey said. "That is not nearly enough to deal with this problem. as you said, Newtown was about the ability to take, I think it was 150 or 155 shots in five minutes. And his intention was to kill hundreds of children. not 20."
Casey, who became a supporter of bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the days after Newtown, reiterated later in the segment that the proposal negotiated by Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin to require background checks on firearms sales at gun shows and over the Internet was one piece of a larger need.
Host Joe Scarborough remarked on Toomey's "good work" and being "kind of surprised" by it.
"He worked hard. He and Joe did a great job," Casey said. "I do think we've got to do a lot more than background checks."
Toomey's background check measure fell six votes shy of the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle last week. Votes on assault weapon and high capacity magazine bans did far worse, receiving no Republican support and opposition from close to a dozen red state Democrats, including Manchin.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza declared Toomey and Manchin as having the "Worst Week in Washington" for not being able to convince enough of their colleagues to vote for the background check deal. Toomey couldn't secure a single Republican beyond the three senators who were likely going to vote for it all along, and Manchin couldn't turn a few key Democrats.
"When cutting a deal, it’s kind of important to make sure you can deliver. Neither senator could do that," Cillizza wrote.
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