The National Rifle Association hasn’t budged, and it warned supporters of the compromise Senate bill – authored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) – that the group would remember their vote when they are next up for reelection. – Gun control bill in peril
THE AMERICAN majority want background checks on gun purchases, including gun owners, myself and my husband included. The Manchin-Toomey bill is the most important legislation in two decades, yet the N.R.A. is on the precipice of defeating gun safety legislation that the people of this country want.
Senator Toomey is “cautiously optimistic,” and Senator Manchin is “talking to everybody.”
What that does for the senators in red states up for reelection, whom the N.R.A. is threatening, may just be another sad tale of yet another effort on gun safety that will implode because a small number of extremists have too much power in our elections.
The second-largest gun advocacy group Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has endorsed the Manchin-Toomey bill. They claim 650,000 members and sound like an alternative to squeeze the N.R.A., but I simply don’t know enough about them, because we don’t belong to any gun groups.
The latest manufactured obstacle is the fear of a gun registry. I’ve made no secret that I am for such a registry, but I’m not in the Senate and no one, certainly not the two conservative lawmakers whose names are on the Manchin-Toomey bill, are suggesting a gun registry.
The pathological paranoia of the extremist NRA types has reached fever swamp pitch at this point.
Fox News reports the idiocy of Second Amendment threat paranoia:
Fear of a national registry has remained even after two influential senators last week proposed a compromise on background checks. The proposal, which will be voted on as an amendment, would expand background checks to gun shows and Internet sales while exempting personal transactions like those among family members.
The provision, meant to ease concerns about the checks becoming too pervasive, also included language to bar the creation of a federal registry.
But the language was not enough. Some gun-rights supporters continue to worry about a slippery-slope scenario, where a background check expansion sets the stage for a national registry — which could then be exploited to seize weapons from individuals. Despite the fact that licensed dealers already keep records of their sales and a national registry has not yet been created, the Second Amendment nightmare scenario has lived on.
I’m a broken record on this, but if Manchin-Toomey can’t pass after Sandy Hook, we’ll need to turn out the entire Congress to get basic gun safety for the modern era, which will take a lifetime that will include more senseless gun violence, mayhem and deaths.
“We will win,” Biden told Simon, who survived a gunshot wound in the shooting. When asked about his comments, Biden told reporters that the vote count on the gun bill was “fluid.” [Yahoo]