For those for whom time is short, here's a quote from each that I feel sums up their positions
President Barack Obama:
And I'm assuming that the emotions that we've all felt since Newtown, the emotions that we've all felt since Tucson and Aurora and Chicago -- the pain we share with these families and families all across the country who've lost a loved one to gun violence -- I'm assuming that's not a temporary thing. I'm assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words. I believe we're going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people.Senator Pat Toomey:
It's not the outcome I hoped for, but the Senate has spoken on the subject, and it's time to move on.There's some perspective for you. To see whether I'm cherry picking for my own purposes, see the full remarks below.
Before we get to the full remarks, however, to find out more about how we got into this culture of violence mess in the U.S. in the first place, see the following post: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2013/01/our-violent-heritage-makes-itself-known.html