Yesterday President Barack Obama spoke in Hartford, CT, accompanied by eleven family members of gun violence victims. They joined him aboard Air Force One and are coming to Washington to lobby Congress for sensible firearms regulation. Lets start with the complete video of Obama’s speech.
Obama was right to shame Republicans for politicizing an issue on which almost all Americans agree, since the Republic an response was more pro-death sabotage from Bought Bitch Mitch McConnell.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would join a group of Senate Republicans threatening a filibuster to oppose a cloture vote if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moves a gun bill to the floor this week.
Reid has promised to move a gun bill to the Senate floor this week, but it’s unclear which one. It depends on whether Democrats can strike a deal on background checks on gun sales — otherwise, they may settle for a less strict bill that includes some form of background checks, increase penalties for gun trafficking and increase school security. In order to get around the filibuster, Reid has indicated that he would file a cloture motion, which would require a 60-vote margin to move the bill.
“While nobody knows yet what Senator Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid Bill (S. 649), Senator McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill,” McConnell spokesman John Ashbrook said in a statement.
McConnell joins a group of 13 senators who have already vowed to block any gun legislation… [emphasis added]
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That’s right. Even though negotiation is incomplete, he and the other Republicans will obstruct the bill, no matter what it does.
Rachel Maddow covered the story well and interviewed Jillian Solo, whose sister was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.
In short, these Republicans believe that the “right” of people to evade the law and purchase guns illegally outweighs the right to life taken from over one thousand people killed in the short time since the Sandy Hook massacre.
It is criminal that the only way victims’ families have to help fix the problem is to put their raw grief on display to shame these Republicans. It is imperative that we join with them in keeping the urgency alive.