Entries in Harry Reid (2)

Friday
Mar292013

Patriot Senators Vow to Stop Unconstitutional National Firearms Registration

Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee who provided the most support for the filibuster of the drone program intend to use less dramatic means to block Senate gun control legislation.  The White House is playing the phony sensitivity card to further their liberal fascist gun control agenda.

Let me make it clear; there is NOTHING in this proposed Progressive gun legislation that would have done ANYTHING to stop Newtown or Aurora. Nor will anything in the law stop future criminals and crazies intent on mass shootings.

These gun control measure are intended to curtail legal gun ownership and restrict the Second Amendment civil rights of law abiding citizens.  It takes a legally armed good guy to stop an illegally armed bad guy. PERIOD

The proposals Obama is calling for Congress to pass would serve to reduce the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding citizens while having little or no effect on violent crime.  In a press release Senator Lee said,  It is deeply unfortunate that he continues to use the tragedy at Newtown as a backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime. Along with my colleagues Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, I have informed the Majority Leader that we will exercise our procedural right to require a 60-vote threshold in order to bring any of the presidents proposals to the floor.

“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” the lawmakers wrote  to Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., in a letter on Friday.

The White House criticized the Republican senators’ decision. “To tell the families of those who lost their children to gun violence, that votes like this might be filibustered, I don’t think that would be welcome news.”

Senator Cruz raised the specter of a national gun registry in a statement explaining his move. “The Democrats’ proposed legislation would require universal background checks for private sales between law-abiding citizens, which according to DOJ would be effective only if accompanied by a national gun registry,” he said. “This raises serious constitutional issues, and would divert resources from prosecuting felons and fugitives who try to illegally purchase guns.”

Senator Lee refuses to let the left usurp civil rights easily. “Bills that potentially violate Americans’ constitutional rights should at least pass with a bipartisan majority and not be imposed by the majority alone,” communications director Brian Phillips told The Washington Examiner. “That’s why we have these rules in the Senate.”

By requiring a 60-vote threshold to end the debate, the Republican Senators can increase pressure on red-state Democrats who face re-election in 2014. Dirty Harry Reid has been trying to protect them from tough votes on gun control by separating the assault weapons ban from the broader gun package, which allows some lawmakers to vote for the full bill but against the ban. But if the red-state Democrats are needed to overcome the opposition posed by Paul, Lee, and Cruz, they might have to take the kind of vote that could damage them in 2014.

Senators who vote against the interests and principles of the Constitution and their constituents must be held accountable. The proposed legislation would require individuals to keep private records of gun sales they make, FOREVER.  This creates a national gun registry, which is contrary to current federal law and a violation of Second Amendment civil rights.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., continue to work on reaching a compromise, but they have yet to produce a bill both sides can agree on. 

Ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is working on an alternative bill.  The bill is still being written, and it is an alternative to reduce gun violence, says a spokesman in Grassleys office. Sen. Grassley wants to address gun violence in a manner that does not violate the constitution, which is why he is working on a separate bill.

They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Ben Franklin -American Statesman

Wednesday
Mar202013

Dirty Harry Kills Modern Sporting Rifle Ban in the Senate

Heres some good news: Senator Dianne Feinstein, reacted with anger on Tuesday after being told by Dirty Harry Reid that gun control legislation the Senate is to consider next month will not include the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, a measure she had fought desperately to keep.

It is also possible that senators who favor gun rights will offer a flood of pro-gun amendments, many of them likely to pass the full Senate, which could essentially turn a bill intended to strengthen gun regulations into one that enhances gun rights, according to the New York Times.  We can only hope!

Perhaps this explains Feinstein erupting in a rare display of public anger when Senator Ted Cruz questioned her understanding of the Constitution.  She already knew her assault weapons ban would be DOA on the Senate floor.

As it stands, the assault weapons ban will still receive a vote as an amendment to the underlying package, as will a separate measure that would limit magazine sizes to 10 rounds. Neither are expected to pass as of this posting.  But things can change very quickly.  Democrats will always use tragedy to advance a liberal fascist political agenda.  Thats why they call themselves progressives

Senate Majority Leader Reid admitted on the floor Tuesday that even as an amendment the assault weapons ban had no chance at passage.  ”But right now her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. I — that’s not 60.”

Of course Feinstein and the left are already blaming the NRA for killing the bill.  While the NRA did their job lobbying for their members, it was Democrat politicians fear of losing their 2014 elections, not the NRA that killed the assault weapons ban.

One look at the Democratic incumbents who have to stand for re-election in November 2014 and it’s clear why getting a bill with an assault weapons ban in it was so politically difficult. Democrats are trying to hold onto seats in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia (among others) — all states where gun rights are viewed as part and parcel of the culture and where there remains significant resistance to curtailing those rights.

Supporters of Feinsteins bill never offered a plausible, let alone persuasive, explanation for the distinction she drew between the guns she deemed legitimate and the dreaded assault weapons she sought to ban. The closer you looked at the bill, the less sense it made, a fact that Feinstein tried to paper over by encouraging people to conflate modern sporting rifles with the fully automatic select fire machine guns used in the military.

That flagrant fraud sufficed to win passage of the federal assault weapon ban that expired in 2004 (which was also sponsored by Feinstein), and it continues to influence public opinion. But this time around it was not enough to obscure the absurdity of Feinstens attempt to distinguish between good and evil guns by reference to irrelevant features such as barrel shrouds and adjustable stocks. With no evidence or arguments to offer, Feinstein despicably invoked dead, dismembered children in a transparent bid to short-circuit logical thought.

All the liberal newspapers are saying the assault weapons ban has been dropped for now.  They are not going away.  They will jump on the graves on children at the first opportunity and start pushing their political agenda via the progressive media.  We can not let our guard down for a second.  There is not a day that passes that the left does attempt to limit freedom and subvert the Constitution to advance statism.

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … Thomas Jefferson