From The Hill.
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with five Democrats voting against it. Only four Republicans supported it.
Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it.
GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) voted “yes.”
It would have expanded checks to cover all firearms sales at gun shows and over the Internet, but would have exempted sales between friends and acquaintances outside of commercial venues.
……The NRA released a statement immediately after the vote that said the measure would have “criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens.””As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools,” NRA executive director Chris Cox said in a statement.
Now Democratic leaders will have to overhaul the pending gun control bill to give it a chance of passing the Senate in diminished form.
Can you say “disconnect with the American people”?:
Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.
The autocratic leftards are in tears.
Nanny Bloomberg is having a hissy fit.
DiFi rants about “guts”; she’s very displeased with the intestinal fortitude of the lawmakers who stood up to the lousy bill.
Biden boo-hoos over the defeat. Literally.
That bill was another attempt by the anti-Second Amendment gun grabbers to violate our individual liberties. It’s a gateway to expand encroachment of the Bill of Rights.
Statement from Chris W. Cox on U.S. Senate Defeat of Manchin-Toomey-Schumer Amendment:
Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.
The NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system. We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those Senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.
Following the passage of “The SAFE Act” in New York State, Big Brother got busy pretty quickly grabbing up the guns. Of course nobody was reporting on it very much until they managed to collect them from the wrong guy and a judge made them give them back.
“Thursday, a state Supreme Court Judge ruled guns seized from David Lewis, 35, must be returned to him after he was incorrectly identified as violating the mental health provision of the SAFE Act.
“We know that from the health care agency to the State Police, there was some kind of breach,” said Lewis’ attorney, Jim Tresmond.
I don’t know how much more chilling that lede could be, really. This isn’t some worry about the government possibly confiscating guns. These are guns that were already confiscated by the government. But if you think that’s as bad as it gets, guess again. Here’s why his guns were taken:
Tresmond says his client was ordered to turn in his weapons last week because he was once on anti-anxiety medication, which is a violation of the SAFE Act. Wednesday, State Police informed the Erie County Clerk’s Office that it made a mistake when it said Lewis was in violation of the state’s new gun law”
If The State deems that you are “mentally ill” simply because you took a medication on their shit list, they will seize anything they see fit.
California has started gun confiscation, as well:
Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital.
They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms.
……In an interview as agents inventoried the guns, Lynette Phillips said that while she’d been held involuntarily in a mental hospital in December, the nurse who admitted her had exaggerated the magnitude of her condition.
Todd Smith, chief executive officer of Aurora Charter Oak Hospital in Covina, where documents provided by Phillips show she was treated, didn’t respond to telephone and e-mail requests for comment on the circumstances of the treatment.
Phillips said her husband used the guns for recreation. She didn’t blame the attorney general’s agents for taking the guns based on the information they had, she said.
“I do feel I have every right to purchase a gun,” Phillips said. “I’m not a threat. We’re law-abiding citizens.”
They sent in a team of heavily armed agents to take away guns from someone who didn’t commit any crime, nor did she threaten anyone.
Many Dems in Congress and Senate and their tools in the media, are absolutely bat-shit crazy. Maybe they should be placed in a mental health facility for a while.
According to Froma Harrop, a member of The [Providence] Journal’s editorial board and a syndicated columnist, opposing Obamanomics makes you an ‘economic terrorist comparable to Al Qaeda.
The incendiary rhetoric of leftwing politicians and media alike toward American citizens who object to their hubris.
Jim Moran, Virgina democrat and violent, mentally unstable douchebag.
Those fine examples of unhinged demagogues should spend some time in a rubber room and have their armed security privileges revoked.
Wanna bet military veterans, outspoken Obama critics, and people who are reverent of individual liberties are slated for jack-booted government tactics?