While Harry Reid scrambles to gather the required 60 votes to pass the Manchin-Toomey compromise background checks bill, it looks like it might not happen, reports Emily Miller.
In advance of the expected Wednesday afternoon vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been scrambling to find 60 votes for expanding background checks beyond federally-licensed dealers. The amendment, crafted by Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, and Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, got the enthusiastic support of the president and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, but not enough on Capitol Hill so far.
Let’s make this clear – I don’t think anyone except for the truly clueless, emotional and uninformed thinks this bill stands an chance in hell of reducing crime.
A Justice Department memo admits that this system would be completely worthless without a national gun registry, and the Manchin-Toomey disaster specifically acknowledges that there will be no gun registry.
Additionally, getting FFLs involved in private purchases basically outlaws private transactions, and I’m not sure anyone really wants that.
And furthermore… considering that most criminals don’t get their guns through legal channels, this would do nothing more than appease the shrieking gun grabbers and further erode our rights.
Does anyone out there really believe that family members and friends are going to bother doing a background check before handing over their firearms? Come on! Who is really that naive?
This background check bill is worthless. It’s a FAIL. And it should be defeated.
UPDATE: Bill goes down in flames 54-46.