Barbara Boxer ‘heartbroken’ over gun vote

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer today expressed disappointment that her colleagues rejected a plan to expanded background checks for gun purchases.

“After seeing sensible gun safety measures fail in the Senate, I am heartbroken but I will never stop working to make our children and our country safer,” Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, said in a statement today.

The proposal that failed Wednesday would have required background checks for transactions beyond licensed gun dealers, including those purchased online or at gun shows.

Mary Bono Mack: ‘One quick answer’ not ‘doing justice’ for Newtown victims

Standing in Newtown, Conn. today, Rep. Mary Bono Mack said the country needed to take a comphrensive look at mental health services and called for a deep debate on gun control.

The Palm Springs Republican made the comments on CNN this morning, as part of a weekly guest appearance she has been doing with her husband, Rep. Connie Mack of Florida.

“To simply throw out one quick answer is not doing justice to any of the vicitims and their families right now,” Bono Mack said. “There is going to be so much that we have to really delve into and not just look for the quick, quick, quick fix.”

Bono Mack said the president was on “the right path” in his response to Friday’s horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 young students and six adults. The gunman also killed his mother before turning the weapon on himself.

But Bono Mack, who has just a couple weeks left remaining in her final House term, did not elaborate on what types of gun control measures she would support.

Mack, who after November’s election loss is also leaving Congress, said it was the first time the couple had been to Newtown.

“Our hearts and praryers are with the families, with this community,” Mack said on CNN. “This should never happen to our children or our citizens.”

You can see the CNN clip here:

The issue of gun control is being fiercely debated among many California leaders.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, plans to introduce an assault weapon ban when the 113th Congress takes over on Jan. 3.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, has also said “it is long past time that we enacted sensible gun laws and school safety legislation.”

Bono Mack has not released any statements about Friday’s shooting. But she did express some brief observations today on Twitter.

“In Newtown today for CNN. Beautiful, quaint little town that will now have hallowed ground as well as enduring spirit of love and grace,” Bono Mack wrote.