(From John Lott)
Three Republican Senators promise to filibuster Democrat Gun Control Bill
How just a few new Senators can make such a big difference in how the Senate operates. These Senators are focusing on how these bills will hurt “citizens’ right to self-defense.” A filibuster might give these Senators a real chance to educate people about exactly how these laws will cause harm. From The Hill newspaper:
Carney said a filibuster would be “unfortunate” and would send the wrong message to the families of gun violence victims.
“I don’t think you need to tell the families of those who have lost their children to gun violence that bills like this may be filibustered. I don’t think that would be welcome news,” Carney said.
GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah), and Ted Cruz (Texas) threatened to filibuster the bill in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that argued it was an infringement of Second Amendment rights. The bill would expand background checks and penalties on straw purchases of firearms.
The senators pledged to “oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.”
“The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ right to self-defense. It speaks to history’s lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history’s warning about the oppression of a government that tries,” they wrote. . . .
Considering the proclivities of the current administration to enforce ex-post-facto legislation, if this does pass, it would be interesting to see prosecution of all the Fast and Furious BATFE folks, as well as Mark Kelly for straw purchases. With the increased penalties, of course.
After all, no one is above the law, right?