The Reverend, December 15, 2012....
"....we will do nothing at all in the wake of the slaughter of 20, five-to-six year old children. Just as we did nothing after a similar slaughter in a movie theater in Colorado. Just as we did nothing after the attempted assassination of a U.S. congresswoman in Arizona. We will do absolutely nothing."
Even though 88% of Americans support universal background checks for all gun purchases,....that's ALL gun purchases.....elected Republican support for universal background checks is apparently 0%.....
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is moving ahead without a Republican partner on legislation to expand background checks to private gun sales,...
Schumer has negotiated for weeks with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to reach a bipartisan deal on background checks, but the talks stalled over the thorny question of how to implement an expansion of background checks.
Schumer argues expanded background checks are unenforceable unless sellers or gun dealers who perform the checks are required to keep records. Coburn says gun owners will not accept the bureaucratic onus of keeping paperwork for exercising their Second Amendment rights.
Because I am very cynical, I take Coburn's lame-ass excuse that patriotic gun owners simply will not accept any new, bothersome paperwork as a ....well....lame ass excuse. Truth be told, Republicans, from the beginning, had no interest in working towards a solution to 40% of all guns purchased in the U.S. going without background checks on the purchasers.
The 12% of Americans who are against universal background checks, according to Coburn and other gun-rights fanatics, are the only true patriotic Americans, theoretically, I suppose, because true patriots would never allow themselves to be forced to fill out a few forms in order to buy a gun.
Here's a message from Mitch McConnell oh-so-soberly speaking up for the rights of the 12%....
“There are almost too many schemes to list. But President Obama’s worst center around:… a thinly-veiled national gun registration scheme hidden under the guise of ‘background checks’ to ensure federal government minders gain every bureaucratic tool they need for full-scale confiscation…. It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution.”
That from the highest ranking Republican in the Senate. A universal background check law is simply a means to confiscating all guns. Sure, that makes a lot of sense, particularly if you are hallucinating after an all night happy hour serving free 150 proof Kentucky moonshine.
One other patriotic concern by those who defend the 12% is apparently a great fear that if Papa Gun owner wants to leave his AR-15 arsenal to Sonny, he'll be tortured by having to fill out some forms and perhaps pay a nominal fee.
So far, the excuses, by those representing the 12%, for blocking any version of universal background checks are 1) feds will assemble a gun registry and then confiscate all guns and 2) filling out paperwork is unAmerican. The amazing part here is that guys like Coburn and McConnell think they should be taken seriously.
a) Guns don't kill people. People kill people using guns. Therefore, guns are not the problem, people are.
b) Automobiles don't kill people. People driving automobiles kill people. Therefore, automobiles are not the problem, people are.
While it is undeniable that the very purpose of a gun is to kill.....the same is not true of the purpose of an automobile.
Yet, those representing the 12% accept without question the right of states to carefully register, regulate and track every sale of an automobile. Furthermore, the 12 percenters also defend the right of the FBI to obtain state BMV registry information for law enforcement purposes. Moreover, if you sell your car to a family member, even though the paperwork may be inconvenient....Republicans don't argue that transfer documents are an affront to liberties.
Yes, contrarians might argue, but the Constitution does not guarantee its citizens the right to own automobiles.....so there. But these same contrarians also refuse to respond to this by the Supreme Court's most conservative judge....
“So yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed," Scalia said. "What they are will depend on what the society understood were reasonable limitations at the time."
What our society understands as "reasonable limitations" today include universal background checks on all gun purchases. By a score of 88%-12%.
But, GOP officials have been forced to the extreme right of even Antonin Scalia on background checks. This could be because of NRA campaign contributions, NRA political scoring with accompanying Tea Party primary threats, or just the fact that the conservative base is chock full of conspiracy theories and right wing patriot and militia groups who have worked themselves into an otherworldly frenzy over their current and future ability to do battle against a rogue government.
Universal background checks for all gun purchases would seem like a no brainer....and 88% of Americans agree. Today, however, even a super majority in an allegedly democratic country must defer to the 12%.
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