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NRA Poised to Defeat Manchin-Toomey and American Majority?


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]

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5 Responses to NRA Poised to Defeat Manchin-Toomey and American Majority?

  1. Cujo359 April 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Iif 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,

    I suspect that’s true of just about any progressive legislation, actually.

  2. spincitysd April 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    If this fails the blame lays not with the NRA but with Barack Obama. And, no, this is not just Obama Bashing. The president had a window of opportunity. He should have struck right after the tragedy. Lyndon Johnson understood such things and acted accordingly. Go for the quick kill while the outrage is still white-hot. Obama could have gotten the whole enchilada, weapons ban, clip ban, background check, or at least the last two if he had steam-rolled the Congress.

    But no, Obama frittered away his opportunities in a pointless 30 day navel-gazing exercise lead by the VP. Instead of pondering the mysteries of automatic weapons he could have been using that time to Bully-Pulpit the NRA into fine powder.

    But we have been here before. For Obama it is ALWAYS about the brand. Can’t be seen being “immoderate.” Can’t make no sudden moves. No drama–ever. No, serious people ponder, they consider, they construct, they are reasonable. It is so important to Obama that he be seen as Serious. It is so important that he be seen as reasonable, that every voice in the beltway bubble be heard. Only then can this mountain of thought create a mouse of policy.

    At best this whole farce revels Obama as a deeply conservative man and a deeply conservative politician. At best he is a plodding, consensus-driven, conventional wisdom believing, Neoliberal only willing to make small adjustments to a status quo he believes has no real big problems and needs only minor tweaks.

    At worst, the man has no soul, no moral compass, and is unwilling to confront the Troglodytes of the NRA because he has more “important” things on his plate. He has a Cat food Commission recommendation to ratify, a Grand Bargain to accomplish, and those dead kids are just in the way. He will make the right noises and the hold right poses and let the NRA do his dirty work for him. He will come out smelling like a rose and his fanbois and fangirls will still love, cherish and defend him. After all dreamy Barack got the Congress to vote on gun control, that is “progress” right?

    If background checks fail, or if we have a another AHCA bit of weak sauce handed to us by Congress, the blame lays mainly with Obama. He decided to “lead from behind” again. He failed to land the punches after the NRA got tangled in the ropes. He had the tools, the had the momentum, but he failed to truly act, he failed to lead.

  3. DaGoat April 17, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    The continual focus on the NRA misses and excuses who is really responsible, our elected politicians.

  4. james richardson April 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I’m no Obamabot but I’m not disgusted at him like spincitysd. This bill may not have passed but what was accomplished in this was to show the utter lunacy of NRA. At the very least they are going to be much bigger targets of the left from now on.

    • newdealdem1 April 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      I agree with james richardson.

      I am also fed up with those who continue to blame with a general swath, “our elected officials”. NO. We need to name those who take the easy and wrong vote to save their individual bacon. Blaming everyone for those who are truly to blame reminds me of when I was in grammar school and one or two kids used to cause problems and the teacher blamed the entire class and everyone was punished. That didn’t sit well with me when I was a kid and it sits even less well with me now that I’m an adult with a kid: she shouldn’t pay for someone else’s bad behavior just because a teacher says it’s so perhaps because she truly doesn’t like kids or is afraid to call out and discipline the disruptive ones. And, it never solves the problem because the ones who are to blame continue to behave badly since they are never punished for their individual bad behavior.

      My Senators, Gillibrand and Schumer voted for this bill as did 52 other Senators including four Republicans: in addition to Toomey, the amendment was supported by Senators McCain, Susan Collins (Maine) and Mark Kirk (Ill.). Thank you to all those who did the right thing and voted to pass this amendment for background checks.

      We, as voters and citizens MUST hold our elected officials accountable for their votes and write, call or visit their offices to tell them we won’t vote for them again. We are just as responsible for not doing anything when they take the cowards way out. Even FDR said he needed to hear from and be pushed by citizens to do the right thing that he couldn’t go it alone every time. That is how a democracy works: it’s a two way street.

      Also, this 60 vote bullshit is rotting the body politic in this country. And, I blame Reid for not supporting amending the uber abused filibuster rules to say nothing of getting rid of it altogether.

      Here are the pictures of the elected slugs who voted down this common sense amendment for background checks today. You want to do something in addition to writing your opinions on someones blog, then call these people and tell them how you feel even if you don’t live in their state but especially if you live in their state. Do something if you haven’t.

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