Yesterday, April 17th, the U.S. Senate defeated every amendment to the gun control bill under consideration. One was a pro-gun amendment (nationwide concealed carry recognition) and one would have recognized veteran’s due process rights when having their 2nd Amendment rights considered. Notably, the Manchin-Toomy background check amendment was defeated and without that, the larger bill is likely dead in it’s current form. Also defeated were the “assualt weapon” and magazine bans. As I wrote this, Harry Reid (and I could write a whole post about his treachery) pulled the legislation from the Senate floor. All in all, it was a good couple of days for liberty. [By the way, Dean Heller, voted to preserve our rights and deserves your support]
However, this could drag on as proponents seek to massage the bill with further amendments or work backroom deals with fence-sitting senators. Reid promised we would revisit this. The Democrats in the House are looking at pushing their own version of gun control legislation. Wait, I mean “gun safety” and “gun violence reduction” measures. Notice the language. Gun control is a dirty word. You ask the American public if we need more gun control and they usually say no. However, if you ask them if we need to reduce gun violence or enhance gun safety, they will say yes. Wouldn’t you?
I would. Reducing gun violence and increasing gun safety is a good thing. The difference between me and those like me and the gun control crowd is we aren’t willing to give up our rights to accomplish these lofty goals. (more…)
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