Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Senate Votes Down Background Checks For Guns

As the Senate began voting Wednesday on nine proposed changes to a gun control bill, the centerpiece proposal on background checks quickly failed to win enough support, despite broad public backing.

The vote on the so-called Manchin-Toomey amendment was 54 in favor, 46 against — failing to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to move ahead. Four Republicans supported it, and four Democrats voted no.

A controversial Democratic plan to ban dozens of military-style assault weapons was also defeated by a vote of 40 to 60.

The votes were a setback for President Obama, who angrily blasted Republicans for defeating the background check compromise, saying, “The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill.”

“All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama said, promising that “this effort is not over.”
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2 comments:

Michael said...

I am glad to see this. The Federal government has no business vetting gun owners, or regulating firearm sales at all. That is a function of the several states.

In general, it seems that people are starting to wise up to the tactics of the "Deep State," that shadowy, spooky world of intelligence "assets" and military, law enforcement, Wall Street and corporate "interests" which exploit these events to advance repressive agendas, whether or not they actually stage these events themselves.

More and more people are starting to notice that, every time a Sandy Hook event happens, that 5000-page encyclopedias of repressive legislation are ramrodded through Congress. Such legislation is accompanied by a publicity campaign by the "Mighty Wurlitzer" of the Mainstream Media, orchestrated like a tone poem of Richard Strauss, and played with the polish and panache of Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

This has been going on for over a generation now, since Waco and the OKC bombings. We may be seeing a change of generations in all of this. It seems that the younger, rising generation is much more suspicious and cynical than their hysterical, gullible forebears, and are less likely to trust anything that any authority figures tell them. Their cynicism is not a good thing, but their increasing realism is.

Dr. Worden said...

Looking beyond the NRA, we might want to remember that the Founders designed our system of government so encumbrances built into the U.S. Government would "push" domestic legislation to the state level. In http://www.thewordenreport.blogspot.com/2013/04/states-move-beyond-congress-on-gun.html, I argue that this design fits with the diversity within an empire-scale political union.