It almost feels like a major victory, but it isn’t It took a major effort to shame just a few Republicans to merely allow debate to begin on a very watered down version of gun regulation. While it closes the gun show loophole, all it would take for someone who could not pass a background check to purchase an assault weapon with a 100 round drum is to have an acquaintance, who could, make the purchase for them. The NRA have done to sensible firearms legislation exactly what their Republican cohorts did to health care reform and financial reform. That said, it is doubtful that even this will survive, but if it can, we should take it and start over.
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to overcome a Republican-led filibuster against tougher gun laws, clearing the way for a major congressional debate on a package of proposals sought by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre.
The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, who reached a compromise on broadening background checks to include private purchases at gun shows and on the Internet.
Because of the bipartisan deal, Senate Democrats backing the legislation received support from enough Republicans to approve the cloture motion, 68-31, setting up debate on the proposals and amendments expected to last for two weeks.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, pledged after the key vote to let both sides offer amendments. But he insisted they include an updated ban on semiautomatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons and a limit on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds… [emphasis added]
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If you remember the health care and financial reform processes, you will remember that Republicans pretended to negotiate in good faith, watered down the compromises, and then opposed them anyway. That is exactly what the NRA did here,
Chris Hayes discussed the NRA’s duplicitous role of weakening the legislation with Jack Abramoff, David Sirota, and Leah Gunn Barrett.
The following Senators voted to not to even discuss allowing fewer criminals to buy guns to murder Americans:
If the elephant dumped any of these turds, including the two DINOs, in your state, you know what to do.