…is up to her old tricks!
I remember the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban passing. Twenty years ago? The Senate was getting ready for a Thanksgiving weekend break. The media were all saying it wouldn’t pass. Then, after some midnight
negotiation double-dealing, it passed!
Fast-forward to the current pending legislation. A filibuster is threatened – looks like the bill could go away. Suddenly, someone waves their wand, or wiggles their nose, or makes a cash deposit (/supposition), and the filibuster is history, and the bill goes to the floor for 30 hours of debate. Unless they change the rules again!
Sixteen Republican Senators voted to block filibuster, and go for a hearing and vote! So much for differences between the parties. Shame on my Senators McCain and Flake.
Is this all window dressing for the next election in 2014? Don’t want to look pro-gun and lose?
Of course, none of these measures would have prevented Tucson, Aurora or Connecticut massacres.
But the fat lady has yet to sing!
What kind of smoke-filled, backroom, double-dealing is awaiting inclusion into the final bill? Will we be lulled into complacency, yet again, only to have the rug pulled out from under us?
Oh, I forgot, no smoking allowed in the backrooms, now. Who knows what else will be restricted secretly?
Keep those card and letters coming in, folks! And call and email your Senators, again before it’s too late!
Drang @ The Clue Meter has the actual text of the current bill, S649. You should go read it, and make certain there are no late-night anti-rights amendments before the vote. Proposed ‘pro’ amendment excerpts:
Section 122, FIREARMS TRANSFERS
It affirms your right to “transfer” a gun to a relative (t) (2) (C):
…the transfer is made between spouses, between parents or spouses of parents and their children or spouses of their children, between siblings or spouses of siblings, or between grandparents or spouses of grandparents and their grandchildren or spouses of their grandchildren, or between aunts or uncles or their spouses and their nieces or nephews or their spouses, or between first cousins, if the transferor does not know or have reasonable cause to believe that the transferee is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under Federal, State, or local law
Otherwise, private transfers are legal if
“(B) the transfer is made between an unlicensed transferor and an unlicensed transferee residing in the same State, which takes place in such State, if-
“(i) the Attorney General certifies that State in which the transfer takes place has in effect requirements under law that are generally equivalent to the requirements of this section; and
“(ii) the transfer was conducted in compliance with the laws of the State;
In other words, the status quo.
IF THIS PASSES WITH THIS AMENDMENT, this bill has been much ado about nothing…