CLEVELAND -- Incidents like the Sandy Hook tragedy, Chardon shooting, and Aurora movie massacre have put gun laws under a microscope over the past several months.
After heated debate coming from both sides of the aisle, Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted down the Manchin-Toomey amendment that expands background checks and imposes bans on various semi automatic weapons.
After the vote, President Obama stated,"there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this, it came down to politics."
National polling has shown a majority of the general public favors stricter gun laws. On Wednesday, those in Cleveland were somewhat split on the results.
"When a guy buys a gun from a guy's trunk, he's not going to run a background check. So, it doesn't matter," said Mike Greenaway.
Catherine Miller said, "I think gun control is one of the most important issues facing the country now and it's sort of pathetic that it went the way it did."
Everyone said they'd look into each senator's vote before filling out their next ballot.
The two senators from Ohio were split in their vote with Sen. Sherrod Brown voting in favor and Sen. Rob Portman against.