*If by women you mean Dianne Feinstein and Barbra Boxer, and by minorities you mean President Obama and Atty General Eric Holder.
The Manchin-Toomey gun grab went down in defeat in spite of 4 Republicans voting for is as five Dems voted against it.
In a televised appearance today the President vowed to soldier on alone to accomplish by himself what the legislature refused to touch with the proverbial 10-foot pole. As someone else* once remarked: When you bring a problem to a bipartisan legislature, all you get is bipartisan bickering. A benevolent dictator will find a solution that serves the greatest good of the greatest number and immediately move on to the next issue.
The president will now presumably issue some more executive orders and move on to the next most important issue facing the country today, gay marriage.
This skirmish is won. If you think the battle is over, please offer to share your stash. There are other bills in the pipeline, some good, most bad, and the makeup of the legislature will not change until January of 2015. Keep the pressure on.