Second Amendment Patriots won a key battle in the war on the Second Amendment. The United States Senate voted 54-46 on Wednesday afternoon for legislation to expand background checks to gun shows and Internet sales, falling short of the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster.
The RINOs who voted for the bill were Sens. Pat Toomey (PA), Mark Kirk (IL), Susan Collins (ME) and John McCain (AZ). While four Democrats voted against it, three are up for reelection in 2014. Most have concluded their vote was not for the Second Amendment, but instead their paycheck.
“Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate,” NRA’s Chris Cox said in a statement issued immediately after the vote. “As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.” To date, no proposed state or federal legislation would have prevented the massacre in Connecticut earlier this year.
Staff members close to President Obama said, “he was visibly upset with the Senate vote.” This is “one of the few losses for the President,” recounted an anonymous source. Obama is used to getting is political way and expected to do so again when he expressed optimism yesterday. Obama pulled out all the stops, even doing photo opts with Newtown parents, but it wasn’t enough.
In a last minute move, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) used a seldom seem procedural trick to get the bill “alive” by changed his vote to no in the last 45 seconds, which enabled him to reserve the right to bring up the bill again. Harry Reid has clearly shown that is he not for the second amendment and would like to see far more pervasive restrictions on guns and conceal/carry rights. His original vote in favor of the bill should be remember by those who will run against him in the pro-gun state of Nevada.