Manchin-Toomey Compromise Defeated in Senate
Reid’s gun control proposal is dead. For the moment, anyway.
Even though Reid himself voted against his bill (allegedly for procedural reasons so he could re-introduce it later), Reid had this to say after the amendment was defeated:
In the 1920s, organized crime was committing murders with machine guns. So Congress dramatically limited the sale and transfer of machine guns. As a result, machine guns all but disappeared from the streets. We can and should take the same common-sense approach to safeguard Americans from modern weapons of war.
Let’s take a look back into history. The government and the states had just instituted the Prohibition constitutional amendment, creating a huge black market for alcohol. Of course the mafia stepped in. This was a problem created by the government, not something that just sprang out of thin air.
But what Reid is saying is that the National Firearms Act of 1934 made all the bad guns disappear.
Did it? Or was it because Prohibition ended in 1933, thus ending the black market for alcohol?
Did criminals finally decide, with the NFA that they should just turn in their weapons? Hardly.
But Reid went on to say:
And I will vote for [Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons] ban because saving the lives of young police officers and innocent civilians is more important than preventing imagined tyranny.
Imagined tyranny? Imagined?
Any time the government moves to restrict the rights of the citizens, that’s tyranny.
President Obama, flanked by his lapdog, Joe Biden on one side and Gabby Giffords (who was pro gun rights before being shot), claims the NRA lied, and if anyone would know about lying, it’s Obama.
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” he insisted, by suggesting that the bill would lead to a national gun registry, “even though it did the opposite.”
I have to take a moment and complain about that article I linked above. Here’s part of the problem that we have with journalism today. Philip Bump, the man who wrote the story said that the Senate was unable to overcome a Republican filibuster. A filibuster is a device used to prevent a piece of legislation from coming to a vote. This was voted on, so there was no filibuster to overcome, as contended by the author. This is why we are ill informed as a country, because we have people writing stories who have no idea what they are talking about. [Every other story I have read said this was a vote on the amendment, not a vote to end a filibuster, and the amendment was defeated]
Stop looking at me like that!
The president claims that the background check amendment would not create a registry, it would do the opposite.
Is the president saying there is already a registry in place, and that the legislation would have dismantled that registry?
It would do the opposite? Really? Who’s lying now?
The President hammered on those four Democrats who voted against, including vulnerable Montana Senator Max Baucus, but continued to blame the defeat on the Republicans.
During the first two years of his first term, Obama had a filibuster proof majority (until Scott Brown won the special election), but gun control was not on his radar (nor was gay marriage). What we have is a president who governs by expediency. Children were murdered in a heinous crime, so we must punish those who legally own weapons.
Obama claims that 90% of Americans are behind him. Again, who’s lying now?
Of course, Nanny Bloomberg was not pleased, and made the same 90% claim.
“Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington,” Bloomberg said. “More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby.”
That’s the modern day Democrat. If you call the government to redress your grievances, you are a special interest. If you want to defend your rights, you are an extremist.
Nanny is the true extremist, wanting to control what people consume and how they live their lives is the extreme view. Want to strip away rights through a bill/amendment that everyone knows and admits would not have done a damn thing to prevent Newtown, is the extremist.
A friend of mine, a lefty, said that he remembered when the NRA was reasonable. There we go with the attacks again. If you you don’t agree with the Democrats, you are unreasonable.
Dianne Feinstein, of course, isn’t happy either. Her assault weapons ban was defeated 60-40. No word on blaming the Democrats that voted against it. Her belief is that the Senate is gutless to go against the American people and take away their rights.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo waded in:
The Senate’s failure to pass a bipartisan measure that is supported by the vast majority of American people is a sad statement on the power of extremists to stand in the way of reason and common sense.
It is time that the Republicans stop playing defense and get aggressive and go on the offensive. Start pointing out how the Democrats are the extremists, not the other way around. Start calling out the Democrats on their lies and bullshit. Start creating doubt, because right now, the Democrats have the country believing that they would never lie, and everything the Republicans say is a lie. They desperately need to change that image.
Of course, that isn’t the end of the debate or of the legislation. Obama has already said it is only Round One. Obama will not stop until he has successfully restricted our ability to get arms, under the guise of stopping criminals from getting them. He knows damn well none of his legislation prevents criminals from getting guns, only law abiding citizens.
Oh, and Piers Morgan! It failed, so it’s time to self deport your Limey ass back to London! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!