SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - President Obama's campaign to curb gun violence was just 6 votes short of passing the Senate Wednesday.
With a 54 to 46 vote, the Senate rejected gun control legislation that called for expanded background checks for gun buyers.
Some people told 22News they are disappointed the bill didn't pass, but also at the same time, they are not surprised.
"As a parent, I would like to feel safe," said Marika Divenuto of Springfield. "I would like to not worry about my child when she's in school. She'll be growing up soon, and absolutely, we need to get that under control."
"People realize that guns are not the main problem. I think mental health issues are," said Sandy Parente of Chicopee. "They are just kind of lost souls, and they fall through the cracks in the society."
The legislation that called for a ban on assault weapons didn't pass either. But President Obama said Wednesday that this effort isn't over.