Reid has tabled the gun bill. It will be back, you can count on it.
Heh. Here’s an interesting spin on the gun bill from none other than the Marine Corps. Times:
The Senate failed Wednesday to pass legislation preventing veterans from losing gun ownership rights simply for being incapable of handling their financial affairs.
The amendment sought allow the VA to only report to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System if a judge, magistrate or other judicial authority determines a veteran is a danger to himself or others.
Wednesday’s vote came on an amendment to S 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, after the Senate also defeated attempts to expand background checks for gun purchases and to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who sponsored the Senate amendment, said current policy has led 129,000 veterans to be “deprived of their Second Amendment Rights to own firearms” without due process because they were declared financially “incompetent,” the term used by the VA for those appointed a fiduciary to handle their financial affairs.
Why does Mitch McConnell hate the troops?
Mitch McConnell has tipped his hand with his ridiculous happy dance over the gun bill’s defeat. Because this tells me he’s clearly remembering his own biggest failure as minority leader: his vow to make Obama a one-term president at all costs. How’d that work for you, Mitch? Not so good.
As Buzzfeed reminds us, after the Columbine shooting a similar piece of legislation was put forth. And it had the support of eight Republicans still serving in the Senate today, including …. wait for it … Mitch McConnell. This would be the same piece of legislation which gave us that infamous video of Wayne LaPierre saying,
“We think it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone,” he said. “That means closing the Hinckley loophole so the records of those adjudicated mentally ill are in the system. This isn’t new, or a change of position, or a concession. I’ve been on record on this point consistently, from our national meeting in Denver, to paid national ads and position papers, to news interviews and press appearances.”
That effort went down in defeat in the Republican-controlled House, unfortunately. Still, it’s helpful to remember that Wayne LaPierre, Mitch McConnell and five other Republicans were for universal background checks before they were against them. What changed? Just the burning desire to punch a hippie, give President Obama the middle finger, and obstruct anything that a person with a “D” after their name supports.
It’s not surprising. Because while McConnell might enjoy spiking the football over this piece of legislation, we’ve got our eyes on the big picture. We know that when Republicans and four Republican-lite Democrats say no to something supported by 90% of the American people, they are the picture of irrelevancy. Remember, Lisa Murkowski, that time you voted for the Blunt Amendment and then immediately regretted it? You said,
“I have never had a vote I’ve taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me,” she said.
Yeah, this is what happens when you base your votes on special interests. And I think a lot of Senators will be getting a taste of that in coming weeks. Because it’s not over. It’s over when we say it’s over, and as long as shootings and gun accidents and gun violence remain at epidemic proportions in this country, we aren’t stopping.
Gabrielle Giffords has an op-ed in today’s New York Times, which is a must-read. She writes:
Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.
I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences.
Yes, yes, and more yes. Also: four Democrats voted against universal background checks: Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Their votes wouldn’t have mattered — we’d still have been two votes shy of the 60 required — but I’ll remember their names anyway. I’ll need them when I refuse those DSCC fundraising calls and letters I always get.