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."
The Senate proved me out to be prophetic yesterday. "World's greatest deliberative body"....my derriere.
It wouldn't have mattered if 100% of Americans polled in favor of background checks for gun purchases online and at gun shows....instead of 90%. It wouldn't have mattered if hundreds, or even thousands of children were slaughtered by military-style weaponry in Colorado, Newtown, or any other damn place.
Our government is corrupt at it's core, bought and paid for by the rich few. The rot has corrupted both political parties and made a mockery out of representative democracy.
The Senate voted yesterday....at least in principle....that the re-election prospects of a handful of purple state senators is a much higher priority than doing anything at all that might reduce the number of future gunned-down children. The re-election prospects of a handful of "endangered" senators takes priority over the will of 90% of Americans.
Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), two guys who are not liberal, brought a bipartisan amendment mandating background checks for all online and gun show purchases to the floor of the Senate for a vote yesterday. No national gun registry, just like the gun fetishists wanted. The amendment received 54 votes, 6 shy of the 60 needed for passage.
Normally, an amendment to a bill doesn't require 60 votes. But a week ago the Senate voted to proceed to debate on gun legislation by a vote of 68-31, exceeding the filibuster mark of 60. Then, senators from both sides agreed that any and all amendments would require 60 votes for passage. That's why 54 votes out of 100 possible doesn't qualify as majority rule. To a cynic like me, the defeat of any significant background check legislation, or any serious gun regulation at all for that matter, was pre-ordained by Senate members before any votes were even taken.
Chris Cox, the chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, ....released a statement after the Senate vote, calling the (background check) effort misguided. “Expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools,”
With that statement, the NRA declares its advocacy for the rights of criminals and/or maniacs to obtain guns. The NRA is in favor of guns being sold to anyone online and at gun shows..anyone...and without background checks being done on the purchaser. That's what the NRA is in favor of....protecting the rights of our society's future killers to easily obtain guns.
That would qualify the NRA as a threat to the nation, in my opinion. Wayne LaPierre, a cheap promoter of terrorism, the head of a whorish lobbying group for makers and sellers of killing devices.
Over the last 14 years, 1.5 million guns have been kept out of the wrong hands by background checks on purchasers. Naturally, this proves that Chris Cox and the NRA are shameless liars and propagandists. But, really, that's not news.
One more bone to pick this morning. And today I saved the worst for last. 54 senators voted in favor of background checks for gun purchases made online and at gun shows. Sure, 54 is a majority....but in America, the minority decides what's best. Seems strange, I know, but it is what it is.
There was another vote taken yesterday on another amendment which drew more votes in favor than the background check amendment did....
Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) NRA-backed proposal to require all states to recognize out-of-state permits for concealed handguns received 57 votes,....
Under the so-called “concealed carry reciprocity” measure, states with tighter gun regulations would have had to accept permit holders from states with looser standards — even if those permit holders would have been prevented from carrying guns in the state where they are traveling.
An amendment to basically nullify any state's law which contains stricter standards for concealed carry permit holders than, say, Florida, where anyone can get a concealed carry permit....garnered three more votes in favor than background checks did.
Florida resident, George Zimmerman, had a criminal record before he was charged with shooting Trayvon Martin. An assault on a police officer and two domestic violence charges.....yet still maintained his concealed carry permit in Florida. 57 senators thought it wise yesterday to spread that form of irresponsible cancer-violence to all 50 states.
I have my differences with Barack Obama, and many are serious differences....but his mildly-angry response to the Senate's treacherous actions yesterday is worth reviewing for the unvarnished truth it contains about today's Congress.
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