UPDATE: Expanded Gun Background Checks FAILS In Senate Vote
Not so fast, gun grabbers. The U.S. Senate voted 54-46 late Wednesday against a critical addition to a Democrat-supported gun-control bill, one that the billâ€™s supporters sorely needed in order to keep the entire piece of legislation alive.
The amendment, sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), would have added a requirement to the proposed Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act mandating background checks on gun sales between private buyers and sellers, an effort to repair the so-called â€śgun show loopholeâ€ť that supporters wrongly believe places massive numbers of guns into criminal hands.
The Administration of President Barack Obama had been waging an aggressive campaign to mobilize support for the overall bill. But the Senateâ€™s smackdown of the gun show loophole amendment is already being described as â€śdevastatingâ€ť to the Presidentâ€™s overall gun control agenda.
Worth noting: RINOs who followed through with their pledge to gut the 2nd Amendment by supporting Wednesdayâ€™s lost cause: Republican Senators Susan Collins (Maine), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Toomey voted in favor of the failed amendment.
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.
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