"No, Mr. President, it wasn't" ~ Huey
|Oh that Nelson!!|
Senate Bill 649, "The Firearms Bill", was defeated on the floor of the senate by a vote of 54-46 keeping it out of further discussions in the chamber and effectively giving the President one of his biggest defeats of his tenure as similar legislation failed to pass muster in the house as well. It included the so called "Manchin-Toomey" Amendment which would of expanded background checks at gun shows and require them for internet transactions as well.
CNN and other media outlets are touting that the NRA threatened political backlash against senators running for re-election next year and was responsible for many democratic senators voting to kill the bill. Bullshit. Yeah, it was probably part of the equation, but they give way too much credit to the NRA in this case where some of those Democratic senators that "flipped" were from smaller, less populated rural states (Montana, North Dakota ect..) where traditional gun owning values are still in widespread acceptance by both sides of the political isle.
Also, the same outlets are saying how lobbing trumpted popular opinion....last time I checked we didn't necessarily run this country on public opinion. If so every time a law needed to pass we would convene a general election (like we occasionally do at the state level) and vote on it, we don't. We elect representatives (the number based on the size of the state) and senators (2 per state to make sure the "little guys" have a equal say) to proxy our will in government. We are not a democracy, we are a constitutional republic and the sooner people realize that the better we will all be. So yes, even if 80%-90% of "polled" individuals (and I wonder what areas of the country are represented and how the questions are asked) support "gun control" the people that THEY ELECTED to cast the votes for them did not vote that way.
I am not for violence in the streets and my opposition to "common sense" gun control laws is not solely based on my general disdain for the opposition (although they make it very easy to not like them sometimes). Most of my angst over these laws is that:
A. They are being discussed, argued over and written by people who don't understand the basic mechanical workings, physics or employment of firearms.
B. They fail to try and enforce the laws we already have in effect.
C. The failure of gun control measures in states and other countries to significantly alter the violent crime rate overall.
D. The other side sucks (OK, that's an opinion, not a reason....but seriously, have you really listened or read stuff by Feinstein et al?)
What was truly shameful in Washington yesterday is that our constitutional rights were defended and upheld and it was treated as a terrorist attack against our country by our President in the media.
Shame on you Mr. Obama.