The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks. It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it. Only 4 Republicans supported it. Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again. GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk
Darn, now places like Chicago and NYC will have to rely on the thousands of laws already in place. If Democrats cared about gun violence, instead of using every crime to tighten their grab for unconstitutional powers, they would prosecute gun crime in the cities they control. Also, their voters would demand things like crackdowns on gangs or at least a full accounting for Fast and Furious, but I don´t hear boo from the gun hating liberals in Hollywood or anywhere else. I would love to read something along these lines from the rodent who often feels compelled to lecture Lucianne readers about all the things that are wrong with the unconstitutional gun banning efforts we already have. In his/her mind they don´t go far enough. We shouldn´t be Israel or Switzerland, we should be Mexico.
There is a real simple answer for those who don´t understand why the NRA (and others) opposed this amendment (and the bill it was to be attached to). The anti-gun people have made it clear that they will continue to nibble away at gun rights by introducing new regulations every time they see a window of opportunity. This is just the next "nibble".
#3 is correct. This makes Zerobama look incredibly stupid, uninformed, out of touch, and downright ignorant. How can this shell of a man be our president? It´s stunning and we STILL don´t know if he was born in America or not. The New York Times knows but they aren´t telling us. Wonder why.
You know, hardly anyone would have a problem with ´background checks´ if it didn´t also require a permanent record of the type of gun (with serial number), the buyer´s name, address, and other ´why do you need that?´ kind of info. This whole exercise is designed to establish that permanent register of every gun in the U.S. - at least those in the hands of law-abiding citizens. So there´s a law that says such a register won´t be built. That can be repealed by the same folks that passed it. If they aren´t intent on building such a register, why not just require background checks WITHOUT the gun ID?
The over-the-top screeching about this will come back to haunt the Reps in 2014. I wish it could have been debated with the decibel level turned down. It is laughable that folks think that everyone wanting background checks really wanted to confiscate everybody´s guns. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many in favor of background checks simply want to keep guns out of the hands of psychotic, delusional people. The Reps look really foolish when they start campaigning on ´every schizophrenic needs to be armed". But that is what black-or-white thinking causes.
Oh. I meant ´now´ not ´not.´ And furry rodent - see my post above. No problem with background checks - if that´s all it is. But why do YOU want to know the serial number of the gun I buy from my neighbor? Also, that little bit about any doctor being able to add someone to the ´mentally unstable´ list without notice . . . we´ve seen how that works in NY.
There´s not much joy in this, only sad resignation at the effort spent by those trying to curtail our God given rights. There´s no freedom from responsibility, and certainly none to be found at the governments hand. The world would be so much better if those always trying to take away others freedoms and rights, would redirect their efforts to more productive endeavors. Heck, their spokespeople even admit their proposed solutions wouldn´t even prevent the tragedies that precipitated their savior actions. Yet they press on with them. What´s up with that??? A small celebration today, but knowing those looking to enslave us are already at work looking for new shackles. Good effort Senators...Keep up the good work.
Don´t be fooled by the left´s mantra about it´s only background checks and gun show loopholes, using common sense legislation. I read a Chris Cox article in the American Rifleman, the NRA publication, that it also included registration and background checks on ammunition purchases also. That´s where it gets scary. The communist left are not through with this. Backdoor agrivations like ammo and reloading components are next. Be vigilant and be prepared to fight on. The liberals and Obama will not stop.
To the 46 who voted for ignoring the Constitution, be warned that elephants have long memories. Government cannot steal my rights given to me by my Creator. It is up to us to punish those 46 at the polls.
Eternal Vigilance people. Under senate rules Reid can bring this back to floor anytime.
In response to the rabbit: Why should I even consider surrending any part of my rights when requested to by people who not only are lying to my face about their intentions but who know that I know they are lying? If you think this bill was only about keeping mentally unstable people from buying guns then you do not know what is in the bill. You should find out before you keep posting your insufferably predictable commentary.
Problem is the dems who voted against it will just bide their time until after their reelection and then vote for gun control. Happens all the time on bill that might get them thrown out. But then "we the (stupid) people" let them do it. Of course our RHINO repubs will always vote against the constitution
Barky is having a temper tantrum in his press conference right now. My stomach turns every time I hear him drone on and on, all the while whistling his "s´s" like the mom pants punk he is. And, #17, with all due respect, put a sock in it.
My Dear fellow Posters, time to unsheathe the long knives and deal with the Apostates. We each need to personally commit to contribute at least $100 to the eventual opponent, whether primary or general, of the Turncoats. It may happen that a Dem gets in, but at least we can accept that rather than betrayals.
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