News Editorials Nationwide 'Shame' Senators Who Voted Against Gun Background Check Bill

04/19/2013 10:38 am ET | Updated Apr 19, 2013

A collective downpour of "shame" circulated on the internet this week after the gun background check bill penned by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) failed 54-46, just short of the required 60 votes.

(For a list of the Twitter handles of the senators that voted against the legislation, click here.)

The defeated amendment was the first major legislation aimed at addressing a string of mass killings related to gun violence over the years, and it sought to implement a gun control measure that polling showed was supported by 90 percent of Americans.

More than 20 newspaper editorials -- including from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other nationally circulated papers -- expressed a common reaction: calling the senators who voted against the bill "shameful" and "cowardly."

Below, a slideshow of quotes from news publications reacting to senators who voted against the gun bill (emphasis added by HuffPost):

News Editorials React To Gun Bill Defeat
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