They cave. They compromise our rights away. They don’t give a fuck about facts. All they want is re-election.
I’ve come to expect this from Democrats, but there’s got to be a party of principle somewhere – and it sure ain’t the Republican party!
The latest betrayal comes from Pat Toomey, who I believed to have been a solid conservative until he decided to crawl into bed with the gun banning Democrats.
Senate Democrats’ efforts to tighten gun regulations are receiving late help from an unexpected figure: Sen. Pat Toomey, a conservative Republican from Pennsylvania.
Backed by tea-party groups when he arrived in the Senate two years ago, Mr. Toomey has until now focused largely on fiscal issues. But last week he began discussions with Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) about expanding background checks on gun purchases, just as Democrats’ negotiations with another Republican lawmaker appeared to fizzle.
This idiocy is once again straight out of the playbook of Dear Leader, who spewed bullshit on my airways yesterday, claiming that if you don’t support expanding background checks to essentially eliminate private sales, you must want more children to die a la Sandy Hook, ignoring, of course, the very inconvenient fact that no background check in the world would have stopped Adam Lanza, who stole the firearms from his mother.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) had been working with Mr. Manchin on a bipartisan deal broadening background checks to nearly all firearm purchases. But Mr. Coburn has split with Democrats over whether to require unlicensed sellers to keep a paper record verifying that a background check had been conducted before making a sale.
A background check on all firearm purchases (something that is required from an FFL sale already) would involve FFLs in every transaction – private or otherwise – essentially eliminating the right of private individuals to sell their property without government interference, and costing FFLs resources that are already strained in these economic times, which will, of course, be passed onto the consumer who is already paying extra taxes in many states, extra bureaucratic fees in many states, etc. etc. etc.
But hey! Why would the GOP care? If this paints them as caring and progressive about the deaths of children, and allows them another term in office, who gives a flying fuck about the Constitution and about people’s rights?
While both GOP lawmakers have an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, Mr. Toomey could have an easier time hashing out a deal with Mr. Manchin. In Pennsylvania, 94% of residents support requiring background checks for all gun sales, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll this year.
Yeah, an “A” rating from the NRA doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. May I remind you of an article I wrote in 2003?
But my disappointment and disenchantment with the National Rifle Association doesn’t end there. They have repeatedly sold out gun owners by supporting petty tyrants in three-piece suits, who consistently take steps to infringe on our freedoms. In California, the NRA awarded Assemblyman Rod Wright its “Defender of Freedom” Award. This is the same Rod Wright who supported unconstitutional limits on firearms purchases and background checks. This is the same Rod Wright who authored a bill to increase licensing fees from $3 to up to $100. Never mind the absurdity of bilking peaceable citizens of hundreds of dollars for making a constitutionally protected purchase. This champion of “freedom” apparently thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to license and charge Americans for exercising their rights. The NRA’s “Defender of Freedom” in 2001 voted against gun owners 62 percent of the time, according to Gun Owners of California.
During the last election cycle the NRA and anti-gun Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence actually supported some of the same candidates! According to the Kennebec Journal, Deborah Danuski, a Democrat from Lisbon, was endorsed by the anti-handgun group, while also receiving an “A-” from the NRA on its report card of candidates. As a matter of fact, in Maine, both the NRA and Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence supported 18 of the same candidates!
Meanwhile, in Colorado, where the NRA supported Senator Wayne Allard for office, and even boosted his pro-gun lobby contributions to $37,000 since 1990, Allard stated flatly that he would support federal legislation requiring gun registration for private gun sales at gun shows. Is a legislator who wants to expand gun registration someone who stands up for the rights of gun owners?
The latest travesty comes from Virginia, where the NRA Political Victory Fund touted the pro-gun “accomplishments” of Delegate Jack Rollison. This is the same Rollison who in a press release had the unmitigated gall to paint Gun Owners of America and the Virginia Citizens Defense League, who have endorsed his opponent Jeff Frederick, as extremists and “milita-esque”[sic] organizations. This is the same Jack Rollison who wants to ban your right to self-defense in any restaurant that happens to sell liquor. And this is the same Jack Rollison who voted correctly on only two out of eight issues important to Virginia gun owners. And by the way, according to KeepAndBearArms.com, Frederick is actually an NRA member, while Rollison is not. But I have no doubt Rollison will run right out and join real quick just to correct that little error.
This holds true even today. I know Jeff Frederick personally. He’s singularly devoted to protecting our rights and our Constitution, but because of his tendency to buck the establishment, he’s reviled even today by some GOP members, and despite the NRA’s massive screwing, Jeff won the GOP nomination that year.
Messrs. Toomey and Manchin are working on expanding background checks to unlicensed sellers at gun shows and online, but not to other private sales, according to someone familiar with the negotiations. Currently, only federally licensed dealers must perform background checks and maintain a record of the sale. Mr. Toomey’s office didn’t return a request for comment.
May we remind Messrs. Toomen and Manchin that fewer than 2 percent of criminals, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics research, buy their guns at gun shows and flea markets? If gun shows and flea markets are such supermarkets for criminals, one would have thought that the number of purchases of firearms used in crimes would be much higher from these venues.
But again, it doesn’t seem to matter. What matters is the appearance that they’re doing something, even if that something has no chance of preventing violence.
Mr. Manchin had been working with Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) to expand the background-check requirement to include most sales by people who aren’t licensed dealers.
The bolded text should tell you everything you need to know. You already know that Schumer is a gun-banning, traitorous, hypocritical satchel of malodorous slime. What you may NOT know is that Kirk is just about as odious, despite the “R” behind his name, and I won’t even go into the embellishments about his military record!
In other words, teaming up with the above two monkeys does nothing to bolster Manchin’s credibility, especially Kirk, who has an “F-” rating from Gun Owners of America, which is only slightly worse than Manchin’s own “D” rating.
Mr. Toomey would face re-election in 2016, and his stance could especially prove popular in the suburbs of Philadelphia and in the Lehigh Valley north of the city, said G. Terry Madonna, the Franklin & Marshall poll’s director. “Those are the swing voters,” and they tend to support efforts to tighten gun regulation, he said.
And this tells us everything we need to know about Toomey’s motives. This is not a safety issue, since this legislation will most likely not have any effect on violence. It’s a reelection issue. And while I’m all about representing your constituents to the best of your ability, he took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and this latest bullshit violates said oath, as far as I’m concerned.
If he signed on to a background-check bill, Mr. Coburn, a noted skeptic of federal powers and a longtime advocate for gun rights, would provide significant cover for Republicans and red-state Democrats to do the same. Still, Mr. Toomey’s conservative credentials on fiscal issues could help draw Republican support. He is a former president of the Club for Growth, an influential small-government group.
“His engagement would send a very strong signal to people who are wavering” that supporting expanded background checks would be, “if not a safe vote, then not as dangerous a vote as the conventional wisdom might hold,” said Kristin Goss, a professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Terrific, so this bunch of cowards will follow suit if just one traitor caves. Got it. Noted. And once again, I would point out that the focus is on “safe voting” – voting that will not cost these legisleeches their cushy jobs, instead of voting to protect the Constitution and the right it protects.
It isn’t yet clear which other Republicans might support a deal on background checks beyond Mr. Kirk, but Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) has said he is open to considering a bipartisan proposal, his spokesman said.
McCain? John McCain? The Republican contender for the White House that had his octogenarian ass handed to him by the current White House resident? THAT John McCain? The one I refused to support, because I knew he was nothing but an opportunistic, petty traitor to the Constitution with his “Maverick” act that imposed one of the most odious restrictions on the First Amendment right of Americans ever? Yeah… I’m so shocked!
Aren’t you glad you held your nose and voted for this douchebag, Republicans?
Well, I’m certainly glad there are a bunch of “wacko birds,” who are willing to stand up for the Constitution, including the usual defenders of our rights: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.
Still, even a bipartisan deal would face strong resistance from some Republicans. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, 13 Republicans objected to moving forward with “any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) also would oppose bringing the bill to the floor, his spokesman said Monday.
And while Zero accuses these 13 Senators of grandstanding and using “political stunts,” he trots out Newtown families like inanimate props, even giving them a ride on Air Force One at taxpayer expense.
Who’s using political stunts for political gain? The Senators who want to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution, or the President who trots out families wracked with grief in order to push his political agenda?
So if this is the GOP of today, they will never get me back. They will never get back the millions of people they’ve lost with their Liberal Lite™ antics. And they will go the way of the Dodo, giving the Democrats carte blanche to destroy this country.
Just think about that.