Ardent supporters of the 2nd Amendment’s “shall not be infringed” stipulation rejoiced when Senator Rand Paul and his Constitutionalist Republican allies vowed a fit of filibusters against any Senate attempts at new gun-control legislation. But another group of Republicans, the usual suspects, has sided with the Democrats, moving Thursday to clip the wings of those wacko birds.
Following the addition of a bipartisan compromise on new gun legislation presented by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) that would extend background check requirements to gun shows and Internet firearm purchases Paul’s filibuster threat was neutered in a procedural vote.
Sixteen Republicans sided with Senate Democrats to give the legislation which would burden law-abiding gun owners and expand a paper trail that could conceivably be used to put together a national database of gun owners.
Here are the Republican Senators who don’t mind the prospect of Democrat gun-control success:
- Lamar Alexander of Tennessee*
- Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire*
- Richard M. Burr of North Carolina*
- Saxby Chambliss of Georgia *
- Tom Coburn of Oklahoma*
- Susan Collins of Maine*
- Bob Corker of Tennessee*
- Jeff Flake of Arizona
- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina*
- Dean Heller of Nevada
- John Hoeven of North Dakota*
- Johnny Isakson of Georgia*
- Mark S. Kirk of Illinois
- John McCain of Arizona*
- Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania*
- Roger Wicker of Mississippi*
The Senators with an asterisk beside their name also recently attended swank dinners with the President either in March or this week during which Obama implored them to once again allow the GOP to buckle and give Democrats wiggle room on billions in new taxes.
McCain remains notable for his disregard of any truly conservative ideas from his Republican colleagues. And in recent months Graham is guilty of backing several Obama-pushed projects, like new gun restrictions, a tax increase and the immigration reform that could bring at least 11 million low-skill illegal immigrants — and their relatives — into the country.
These guys truly bring new meaning of keeping friends close and enemies closer.