Selling Out on Guns

Two senators have brokered a Faustian bargain on gun purchaser background checks that they hope will allow the Democrats’ anti-gun legislation to pass the Senate.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), both of whom have “A” ratings with the National Rifle Association, have assigned the creepy Orwellian name, the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act,” to their legislation.

The measure, which the sponsors plan to offer as an amendment today to the main anti-gun bill pending in the Senate (Senate bill S.649), would expand background checks for gun purchasers, which critics say would clear the way for a national gun registry in the future. Honest commentators admit collecting more information from more and more gun buyers will have no effect on crime because criminals won’t bother submitting to such checks. Even worse, the data that would constitute a de facto gun registry could be used to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens.

Toomey acknowledged he faces resistance in his own party. For this reason he asked that a key Democratic co-sponsor of the amendment, leftist Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, skip a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday.

Although it has been said that the most dangerous place in Washington is between Schumer and a television camera, the New Yorker agreed to stay away, the New York Times reported.

Toomey rationalized his support by stating: “I’ve got to tell you, candidly, I don’t consider criminal background checks gun control.” He failed to detail some of the scarier, authoritarian provisions of the main anti-gun bill pending in the Senate that he now implicitly supports.

Gun law expert Dave Kopel warns the legislation “would turn almost every gun owner into a felon.” For example, it would regulate innocent activities such as letting your spouse borrow your weapon for a few days. It would also forbid you from sharing a gun at a shooting range on public lands or on your own property.

“This is not ‘gun control’ in the constitutionally legitimate sense: reasonable laws that protect public safety without interfering with the responsible ownership and use of firearms,” Kopel says.

Toomey, an otherwise principled Tea Party conservative, appears to have caved in to pressure from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 501c4 advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegals Guns Action Fund. The group had been running ads in Pennsylvania critical of Toomey, but after the senator switched sides it replaced those messages with new ads praising him for supposedly seeing the light.

In a state like Pennsylvania, ads — even slashing negative ones — highlighting Toomey’s principled support for the Second Amendment would probably only help the freshman senator’s 2016 reelection bid. Gun control is a proven loser of an issue in Pennsylvania, as it is in all but a select few states. The Keystone State reportedly issued close to a million hunting licenses in 2011 and has 400,000 NRA members.

Toomey’s calculation is difficult to gauge, as it makes little political sense. Constituent calls into his offices are reportedly running 200 to 1 against the deal. Even if anti-gun legislation somehow clears the Senate, it seems unlikely to survive the House of Representatives where lawmakers relish ideological combat much more than in the clubby Senate. So far Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) seems to be holding firm in his defense of the Second Amendment.

Media cheer-leading to the contrary, Obama has been losing this legislative battle almost from the beginning.

After the ringleaders of the Left ghoulishly stood atop the bodies of the school children murdered by a madman in Newtown, Connecticut in December, public support for new gun restrictions ticked up slightly for a little over two months. That spike in support has since evaporated.

Last month Obama was forced to withdraw the nomination of Second Amendment enemy Caitlin J. Halligan to the critical District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Halligan was successfully filibustered twice by Republican senators largely because of her vehement opposition to gun ownership rights.

An effort to resurrect the useless assault weapons ban sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is dead after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dropped it from pending legislation. Feinstein authored the previous assault weapons ban, which was in effect from 1994 to 2004. The feel-good provision had no discernible effect on crime rates.

It is unclear if Toomey’s about-face will have an effect on the filibuster being waged against the Harry Reid-backed gun control legislation pending in the Senate.

Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and others have vowed to block the bill, arguing that such a drastic change to current law requires the support of 60 senators.

But the Left, including former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter and phony centrist John Avlon, say the filibuster is hurting Republicans.

There is, of course, no evidence of this.

If anything, a failure to take a dramatic stand to defend Americans’ Second Amendment rights is much more likely to drive Republicans away from the Grand Old Party.

Which makes Toomey’s “compromise” all the more puzzling.

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  • AdinaK

    Yes, indeed a Faustian bargain…and in so many divergent ways –

    The pressure put to bear, particularly through ObamaCare's back doors, will upend the Constitution, with few the wiser –

    Oh, what a tangled web the RINOS's weave….the very same suspects who are caving in re Benghazigate –

    Demsters & RINO's are of like-mind, even as they feign otherwise!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • straitconservative

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  • pierce

    You know, it is not just the selling out of guns that bothers me about Washington, we are being sold out in Washington at every turn in the road. Obama gets a bee in his bonnet, and off we go on another crusade. Guns, taxes, oil, healthcare, even waivers on healthcare. What will be next?
    Obama is on a rampage, and he is out of control. We are being lead to slaughter like little lambs by a maniac, and that maniac is our illustrious President.
    The Democrats either can't say no, or they are afraid to say no, and the Republicans are trying to say no, or whoa, and the boob in the WH is making them scape goats.

    • Steeloak

      Obama is just following the playbook of his community organizing hero, Saul Alinsky.
      These 2 rules explain what he is doing:

      * RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
      * RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

    • Roger

      The damage is being done by the marxist of muslim heritage. As angry as I am I expected it from him.

      I didn't expect our failed opposition leadership to be complicit and make it possible.
      They are the back stabbing traitors I will remember as responsible.

    • dog

      Come on now… Its time we moved past the puppet and focus on the guys that pull the strings.

      Congress has no term limits and for sale to the highest bidder. Old, rich powerful people.

      Have them blame the president or defend him but just have them focus on him. Divide and conquer.

      I am to the point where I am willing except restriction if congress will except 1-4 year term limit and reinstatement of Habeas Corpus Amendments to the bill. Also, a special election to be held to replace members that have served 4 yrs or more by 2014.

  • Pamela Dale

    Without the 2nd, the other nine will not stand.

    • mlcblog

      Very astute!!

    • obadiahorthodox

      Freedom of speech is not absolute, NEITHER IS THE 2nd AMENDMENT!!!

  • κατεργάζομαι

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back ~ Vladimir Lenin. The title of a 1904 rev0luti0nary pamphlet.

    "This is what happens when overwrought passions are allowed to impact governance. It is exactly the kind of thing that the Founders feared; that emotional causes of the moment would infect the governing process and end up making bad laws. ~ Rick Moran

  • James

    There needs to be a grassroots movement to impeach the President, and all politicians that violate their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States. The socialist are winning. They are busy making the "fundamental" changes to our nation that will keep them in power forever, and we just vote them back into office. Wake up America,socialism is knocking on your door.

    • guest

      Agree. The only way to take back the country is through a huge grass routes movement. The Washington bureaucrats no longer listen to the citizens of the United States. The politicians are all bought and and for. Elections are now a meaningless farce. Do you really think the unqualified, inept, narcissist Muslim guy was honestly re-elected in November? Maybe we'll wake them up when millions of American patriots come together and march down Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Chalk one up to excessive emotion – and politicians who shamelessly exploit it for their own political advantage.

    "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." In this case, they take guns away from law abiding citizens so that we remain fighting for our Constitutional RIGHTS, with mere cocktail forks.

  • Looking4Sanity

    The GOP needs a purge…a giant enema, as it were…to flush all the RINO's like Toomey out of the Party.

    Matthew 7: 21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    TEA Party or not, the world is full of liars. We just found another one in Pat Toomey.

    • Asher

      Yes, They, the GOP, need a giant enema or cleaning out! A sad lack of character and values!

    • Roger

      I wish I could argue.. but facts would prove me wrong if I even tried to defend them.

      They frankly don't deserve it. I wonder if these senators had a Rahm style shower finger visit to help them capitulate? You know, in the John Roberts style of mind change…

      • JacksonPearson

        You remember from history classes that Patrick Henry said "Give me Liberty or give me death!" but did you ever hear any other quotes by Henry? How about "The great object is, that every man be armed."? Yes, he said that too. There are a great number of famous people who supported the idea that the citizens not only keep firearms, but use them as well.

      • Looking4Sanity

        Mark Levin called them out by name on his radio show last night and renounced his support of every one of them. That man is a real patriot.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and others have vowed to block the bill, God Speed.

    Psalm 119:23 ~Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

    • Asher

      Wonder what Toomey and Manchin were promised to sell out their fellow patriots!

      • UpChuck.Liberals

        A nice tea bagging by Barry? Going Broke Back? A nice dinner, a ride on AF1 and a tummy rub?

      • UpChuck.Liberals

        A nice tea bagging by Barry? Going Broke Back? A nice dinner, a ride on AF1 and a tummy rub?

    • straitconservative

      Mike Lee was on Mark Levin,last night and invites any & all,to sign a petition,regarding the 2nd… google
      YES ~ God's speed!

      • κατεργάζομαι

        Re: "Mike Lee was on Mark Levin, last night"

        I heard him on my kitchen radio while making enchiladas verde & chilies rellenos with "trailer park beans" and Mexican rice, pico de gallo, tossed salad, and various table salsas.

        Ted Cruz and Mike Lee ROCK!

  • mitkanadam

    Et tu, Toomey?

    • κατεργάζομαι

      RE: "Et tu, Toomey? "

      REALLY Good one! hahahahaha!

  • Asher

    We have elected people in both parties who are willing to comprimise the rights of the American people. Rights that have existed in place and worked for Freedom. They should be voted out of office, when their ability to reason and work for the people is affected, they have ceased to be responsible.

    • pierce

      Those people are probably in Obama's back pocket, in other words bought off.

      They just don't see what he is doing, or perhaps D.C. water is tainted with stupid pills syndrome, and they don't know it.

      A lot of people are also finding out that Barack is definitely an adroit wordsmith, including members of Congress. A classical description of our President.

  • NHTom

    >But the Left, including former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter and phony centrist John Avlon, say the filibuster is hurting Republicans.

    No WONDER the Left loves Islamists. Any tactic, including lying, is acceptable when confronting an adversary. ANYTHING to win an argument.

  • NHTom

    The only thing more dangerous than an armed populous is an unrestrained government.

    And, of course, the only thing that can restrain a government is an armed populous.

  • AlgerHiss

    At this stage in my life, I've finally learned the difference between the two major political parties in the US: One of them walks leftward, the other runs leftward.

  • tagalog

    Toomey's right: expanded background checks don't constitute gun control per se; expanded background checks are gun OWNER control. And of law-abiding gun owners at that, not the criminals.

    And the way this stuff is being reported, you would think that expanded background checks are the only thing that's survived the rising tide against gun control laws, when in fact it's only the first of several proposed measures.

    Filibuster time!

    • mlcblog

      He may be right, but he's wrong!! There are consequences to consider with every law that is made.

    • Roger

      They are determined to federalize everything. When will breathing be regulated? It's probably in Obamacare. We should have kept senators from popular election, the states have no representation.

      Once more the founding fathers were proven right.

  • tagalog

    The picture at the head of this article depicts a Barrett .50 cal. bolt-operated sniper rifle.

    The new Connecticut gun control law defines this particular model of rifle as an "assault weapon" and prohibits Connecticutians from owning or possessing them on pain of being punished for committing a Class D felony (1-5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine).

    So "Come And Take It" is inappropriate in the context, at least in Connecticut. In Connecticut, the gun buyer won't be able to even get one, so there won't be anything to come and take.

    • Drakken

      Ahhh Tag, that is a Barret semi-auto sniper rifle, not a bolt operated one.

      • tagalog

        I'm sure you wouldn't say it if it weren't true, but how could you tell? The picture isn't very clear and I was going on what (little) I know about the Barrett, so I was guessing. When I put my glasses on, I don't see any bolt handle hanging down either.

        Can you picture wispy little Adam Lanza lugging that "assault weapon" into the Sandy Creek school? How much does the Barrett weigh? Must be over 20 pounds, don't you think? The rounds probably weigh a pound apiece…

        • Drakken

          I fired one in Uncle Sams Misguided Children for quite a few years, the difference is the bolt action model is much smaller, different muzzle brake, smaller magazine, different buttstock and scope mounting system. oh and the bolt action model is much lighter and carrying handle on the semi-auto version.

  • Jean Curry

    Who here is willing to spearhead a march on the Capitol in order to purge Rinos, Communists and Opportunists from Capitol Hill. Hmmmmmmmmm? That's what I thought. We don't even know HOW to take action against these marauders.

    • tagalog

      I'll go. Carrying my "assault rifle" and a holstered semi-automatic pistol at my side.

      Let's have a Million Armed Citizen March on Washington. Maybe we could get the Tea Partiers to join us.

      Why should the blacks and the Occupiers be the only ones to demonstrate in Washington in large numbers?

      • Jean Curry

        Is there ANYTHING other than such a march that stands a chance of making an impression on those crooks? I'll go with you and carry your ammo — I can't shoot worth a darn.

    • Drakken

      Action is going to come I am afraid, in the same way the Romans dealt with the senators who betrayed them. Push is coming to shove and you can only push the public only so far before a extreme backlash becomes inevitable.

  • NHTom

    >That's what I thought. We don't even know HOW to take action against these marauders.

    We gun owners are a peaceful lot and much prefer to avoid confrontation.

    The hotheads were weeded out a long time ago.

    Besides, they might call us names.

    • Jean Curry

      Yeah, sticks, stones, bullets are one thing. . .being called names . . .THAT'S almost as scary as being voted off a reality show.

    • Drakken

      How much longer are the gun owners going to be peaceful when a govt run by socialist do gooders think nothing of violating the things they hold dear?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What is at stake here is the destruction of the American Constitution, piece by piect until one day
    a ho hum government will have a novel idea to revitalize and update the Constitution into what
    will fit the Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Leftist, Islamist vision for our Nation. Professional
    politicians can not be trusted, they all need to go, because as in situations like this just enough
    of who should be on the right side of and argument slip over to the other side while the rest
    saw we fought hard but the Democrats had support by otherwise absolutely wonderful and
    competent, flag waving liars………………………………………This must be stopped by the voters,
    target Toomey as a rat and traitor to the Constitution, start with him and make a list, the list
    is all of them………………………………………….William

    • tagalog

      Our society has already pared the concept of rights down to just the Bill of Rights. And now the government is nibbling away at the rights contained there.

      All we have now is the Bill of Rights. Used to be the Tenth Amendment and the Ninth Amendment meant something to the federal judiciary. Not so much anymore.

  • NHTom

    As Ann Coulter pointed out, it's the crazy people who do the shooting.

    We can't lock them up because it would hurt their feelings.

    So, we must make the world safe for them by turning the whole country into a rubber room.

    I just hope our keepers will be kind.

    • tagalog

      We can't lock them up just because they're mentally ill unless they consent to it. The Donaldson case from 1975 establishes that. For involuntary commitment of the mentally ill, they have to be "dangerous to self or others." How does one find out when they're dangerous to self or others? When they go into a school or a movie theater or a mall and start shooting people.

      Instead, we infringe on the right to keep and bear arms of ALL our people in order to tiptoe around the delicate rights -and sensibilities- of our nut cases.

  • sharpsrifle

    With the left, it's always been about incrementalism. Place a ban on civilian ownership of fully automatic firearms in the 1930's…supposedly a response to the violence of Prohibition and the rage of early-Depression Era bank robberies (never mind that the weapons used by Dillinger, Barrow and others were STOLEN, gotta keep honest folk from defending themselves). Then the Gun Control Act of 1968, ostensibly to keep "Saturday Night Specials" out of the hands of criminals…who usually steal their guns, anyway. Result? Criminals upgrade from el cheapo .22's to .38's, .45's and 9mm. Honest citizen who might want an inexpensive pistol for home defense? Sorry…those are now illegal. Now we're up to "universal background checks," which will result in de facto registration of firearms owners…a BLATANT violation of the Second Amendment. The SOLE amendment wherein we can defend ourselves against an increasingly tyrannical feral government…and the Senate wants to "compromise" on eliminating our liberties.

    • Richard

      The nature of the left is totalitarianism, the kind that creeps slowly and somewhat hidden from American eyes, Its like analogy of a frog that is slowly having the temperature turned up on him in hot water. Most Americans don't realize whats happening. Most of the press behaves like Pravda and Tass during the time of the Soviet Empire. Their polit bureau is the democratic party.

  • sharpsrifle

    When the Senate is ACTIVELY seeking to strip our rights as free men and women from us, the time has arrived for us to recognize that our own government is the enemy…and to act as we see fit in our own ways. All the cards are on the table now. We can see that neither party is to be trusted any longer. The Democrats have become openly totalitarian, and the Republicans have become their lickspittle lackeys. All that we can do is to try to find incorruptable Constitutionalists to run against the treasonous Republicans, or, prepare for the unthinkable. Make your plans as you deem best…as for me, I'm preparing for Plan A and Plan B…and praying that Plan B is not necessary.

    • tagalog

      The other option is simply to ignore their laws. That will be hard when the resistance is sporadic and isolated, but as more and more join in, the government will be hard-pressed to do effective enforcement.

      A black market in guns among otherwise law-abiding Americans would be interesting.

      The battle cry could be "F**k "Em!"

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The government treats the citizenship of America like herd cattle, and society has been
      marganalized into mind destroying bins of entertainment without any idea of responsibility,
      barage after barage of new and more exciting ways to become stupid with no concept
      of citizenship, what is due from each of us. Freedom is now no longer freedom from oppressive
      government but from due dilligence necessary to what has been described as constant
      vigil. What has been taken out of education and replaced with depravity gives the
      picture of what we see today, America without profound rights………………………..William

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 04/11/13

    The gun grabbers are aiming at an eventual national computerized registry of firearms and ammunition owners. That registry will be connected to the U.N. This is not paranoia but a logical extension of the hoplophobes' plan: When guns are outlawed, only the ruling elite will have guns.


    It's hard to fathom Toomey's motivation. Perhaps he's succumbed to the same thoughtless support for background checks that many people have: it sounds good to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Only on reflection do we realize that this is a fool's errand, and there is no law that will achieve that. Republicans need a slogan, something like "Control the criminal, not the gun" to remind them of this fact.

  • Reason_For_Life

    The Republican party is hopeless. Any issue with a downside, no matter how small that downside may be, they will surrender. Toomey was supposed to be the anti-Arlen Specter but he's doing exactly what Specter would have done – gone over to the other side.

    Gun control has always been a loser for the Dems but whenever the Democrats can't get oppressive legislation through the Republicans always have just enough defectors to pass it.

    Do we really have a two party system? Or is it just a show for the rubes?

  • Winston

    The socialist agenda is to weaken American Constitutional rights, freedom, and liberty to the point that the populace is so numbed to the effects that it'll be all over before it dawns on them. With the Constitution and national sovereignty in place the new world order aim to create a one-world government/economy/religion cannot take place. Why do you think that George Soros has spent over $50M to make it happen? If we do not stand firmly planted on the values created by God and our nation's Founders we will lose our nation to the globalists for all time. It is why the 2nd Amendment right to have a well-regulated militia and individual gun rights exists. Fight back now or else…

  • mlcblog

    How sad I am to hear that they got to Pat Toomey, too. The Senate is a poisonous atmosphere apparently. Many a good man/woman has gone down in the lunch clubs and social atmosphere of the day. It is very heady, I imagine. What do they say? power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Et tu, Toomey, indeed!!

  • Reason_For_Life

    First, Toomey's staff denies that he is working on a gun control compromise. Then Joe Manchin comes out and says that he was working with Toomey. Both are lies. Toomey was working with Schumer, the notorious gun control nut.

    Schumer does not compromise, he wants to grab all guns from private citizens and everything he does is geared towards that end. Toomey's not an idiot, useful or otherwise. The Republicans take turns betraying liberty. The party made it clear to Toomey that it's his turn to betray us. With an "A" rating from the NRA he's the perfect turncoat. Refusal to take his turn and he's toast in the party and doomed to be stuck in the penalty box with Mike Lee and Rand Paul.

    Toomey chose power over principle, but again, that's what insider Republicans do.

  • Drakken

    The question I have is, how much more is the American public going to take until the envitable backlash to what's being done to them comes about, the proverbial shot that is heard around the world? I seem to to remember what the Romans did to the senators of the Roman Republic who betrayed them.

    • tagalog

      An old American tradition that has been neglected for far too long is to tar and feather an unpopular politician or judge or lawyer and ride them out of town on a rail.

      It used to be a practice among the citizenry to let our leaders know that we live in a society of self-rule, and that they serve us and we don't serve them.

      That seems to have been forgotten as our leaders have struck upon the benefits of voting money from the public treasury to us.

      • Drakken

        Frankly Tag, anyway and everyway I look at the problem, it does not end well without a lot of bloodshed.

  • Leland64

    Some GOP Senators seem to fall victim to "Potomac Fever." They begin to believe they can be the big guy if they seek approval of the media and Democrats. Keys to their reach for the stars is reaching across the aisle, compromise of allegedly cherished principle and being popular on the DC cocktail circuit. The GOP establishment seems to forget the USA has one democrat party and we don't what or need democrat light. Many of us believe in the Constitution and will not forget or forgive craven politicians.

  • WatcherOntheWall

    After running ammo/guns from America to Mexico during Fast & Furious, and running guns/ammo from Libya to Syria during Benghazigate, not to mention F16's sent to Egypt, paid for by law abiding citizens; how dare they even contemplate taking law abiding citizen's guns away? This is a joke. . . . right?

  • dog

    Come on now… Its time we moved past the puppet and focus on the guys that pull the strings.

    Congress has no term limits and for sale to the highest bidder. Old, rich powerful people.

    Have them blame the president or defend him but just have them focus on him. Divide and conquer.

    I am to the point where I am willing except restriction if congress will except 1-4 year term limit and reinstatement of Habeas Corpus Amendments to the bill. Also, a special election to be held to replace members that have served 4 yrs or more by 2014.