Harry Reid will be pulling the gun control bill on Thursday.
First noted on Twitter (via Hot Air): Reid will pull the entire gun bill from floor, likely tomorrow. No final vote. It will remain on leg calendar. Brought up some other time. — Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) April 17, 2013 …and the NYT pretty much confirms.
We Win. They Lose. The 2nd Amendment is Safe.
Today in the Senate, a funny thing happened. We fought on principle, and we won on principle. You know why? Because 3 U.S. Senators didn’t listen to the “do something” caucus and the hand-wringers parading as leaders in Washington. Instead, Senators Cruz, Lee and Paul circulated a warning prior to the last recess saying they would (gasp) filibuster any legislation that would undermine our God-given, | Read More »
The gun control bait and switch
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), which styles itself the second largest gun-rights group after the National Rifle Association, broke from the rest of the Second Amendment movement to endorse the Toomey-Manchin compromise with remarkably effusive praise: If you read the Manchin-Toomey substitute amendment, you can see all the advances for our cause that it contains like interstate sales | Read More »
Sic transit gloria Toomey-Manchin?
They apparently don’t have the votes for a ‘compromise’ amendment extending background checks for firearm purchases. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted this morning “Sen. Joe Manchin tells me ‘ we will not get the votes today.’” The Senate had been expected to vote Tuesday on the deal Manchin unveiled last week with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., but Democrats late Tuesday were still scrambling to find the | Read More »
Ted Cruz reaches out to grieving daughter of Sandy Hook victim.
(Via Hot Air) A couple points about this… The daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who died in the mass killing in December could not join others from her community this week to lobby for gun control. So she turned to Twitter to reach out to the 15 senators who indicated they would engage in a filibuster to block legislation on gun control. | Read More »
Moral government, inadequate people
John Adams sized up the Constitution as suitable “only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” To some extent, this is true of every body of law. People can change the law, after all, or rebel against it entirely. The Constitution can be altered by amendment, so even if America had remained utterly faithful to the | Read More »
The Toomey-Manchin Proposal Will Allow Doctors to Block Your Right to Guns
I just talked to someone familiar with the Toomey-Manchin proposal who raises a serious concern based on his understanding of the legislation. Everyone on all sides agrees that we need better help for those with mental health problems who need treatment. Unfortunately, the person I talked with is concerned that the Toomey-Manchin proposal could discourage people from getting help. The proposal will allow a doctor | Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: McConnell to Filibuster Reid Gun Control Bill
Senator Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has confirmed he will filibuster new gun control legislation, spokesman Brian McGuire confirmed for me today. While nobody knows yet what Senator Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid Bill (S. 649), Senator McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill. The future of the | Read More »
Washington Post: Mark Begich (D) is terrified of the NRA.
Well, that’s what the WaPo wanted to say: Sen Mark Begich declared a “sea change” in the politics of gun control immediately after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., telling his local newspaper that he would not hesitate to buck the powerful National Rifle Association. But in the months since, the gun rights group has made itself impossible for the Alaska Democrat, and many other | Read More »
Jake Tapper politely calls Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg pig-ignorant about guns.
Before you watch the video below, I invite you to first get a glass of something nice – why not? It’s Friday afternoon; the sun is over the yardarm somewhere – so that you may properly enjoy this next bit from Jake Tapper. He’s reporting on the strange inability of Barack Obama and Mike Bloomberg to publicly understand the difference between an automatic and a | Read More »
Connecticut further suppresses Constitutional right to bear arms
Early this morning, in the dead of night – 2:26 a.m., Connecticut’s House of Representatives voted to pass a repressive 139 page gun control bill. The vote was 105 to 44, with two absent. Of the 98 Democrats present, 13, and 31 of the 51 Republicans present voted no. The state Senate approved it Wednesday evening, by a 26-10 vote. Two of 22 Democrats and eight of the 14 Republicans voted no.
Connecticut’s new restrictions on citizens Constitutional right to bear arms is said to be a response to the horrific murders of 20 children and six adults in Newtown’s Sandy Hook elementary school last December. Sadly, nothing in the 139 page bill would have done anything to prevent the killings. Nor does it do anything to prevent another such incident.
The legislation will only further suppress the Constitutional right of law-abiding Connecticut citizens to bear arms thereby making them additional victims of a young madman.
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Beware the gun tax
David Addington at the Heritage Foundation reports on a little something-something slipped into the rough beast of gun control laws slouching toward the Senate to be born, courtesy of majority leader Harry Reid: Title I of the Reid gun control bill purports to “fix gun checks.” The proposed “fix” in section 122 of S. 649 is to take away an individual’s right to sell or | Read More »
Let me explain why Henry Repeating Rifles advertises on MSNBC.
Background: Don’t tell us that Al Sharpton and MSNBC are hypocrites? Noooo!! The Reverend Al opened his show by praising President Obama’s efforts to promote tougher gun control laws. But 28 minutes into the show, a commercial appeared for, of all things . . . Henry Repeating Rifles. Go to Henry Rifle’s website and you’ll find one rifle described as “big, brutal and beautiful” and | Read More »
Jim Carrey’s inalienable rights
Comedian Jim Carrey rolled into the gun-control debate with a “parody song” called “Cold Dead Hand,” whose purpose is to portray Second Amendment defenders as callous monsters who don’t mind sacrificing children to their gun-crazed ideology. As Carrey put it via Twitter, his song is “about you heartless m***erf*ckers unwilling to bend for the safety of our kids. Sorry if you’re offended by the word | Read More »
James Taranto: universal background firearms checks means that anybody can request one.
James Taranto makes an excellent point about the major problem with proposals to expanding who can request a background check on firearms: Currently access to the FBI’s background check system is limited to licensed firearms dealers, who have an incentive not to abuse it lest they lose their license. If it’s opened up to all prospective sellers of guns–that is, to everybody–what’s to prevent someone | Read More »