The Toomey-Manchin amendment to the anti-gun legislation being pushed by Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) failed in the senate today, falling short of cloture by 6 votes. The 54-46 vote was, in fact, bipartisan with 4 Republicans voting in support and 5 Democrats voting in opposition. I could not be more pleased, unless you had had those 4 Republicans vote as their alleged values demanded and voted to oppose as well. I wrote earlier about the amendment and explained just 2 of the many reasons this thing shouldn’t be allowed to become law.
President Obama came out spitting on the matter:
"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," Obama said, accusing the gun lobby of lying about the bill.
"The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill," Obama said. He said the claims "upset" some gun owners who in turn "intimidated" senators.
"There were no coherent arguments as to why we couldn’t do this. It came down to politics," he said.
The only people willfully lying about this bill and regarding what it will supposedly accomplish, Mr. President, is you and the other supporters of this piece of trash you’ve tried to ram down our throats. Again. It’s not a lie to say that none of the provisions of this bill would have done a thing to prevent the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT. Even some of the President’s supporters, when they were forced into being honest, admitted that much. It’s not a lie to say that the bill’s language would establish a national gun registry and it’s not a lie to say that criminals wouldn’t register their illegal guns. Because – for the 1000th time – they’re criminals.
There are plenty of coherent arguments about why this bill is nothing more than a burden on law-abiding gun owners. There’s also plenty of evidence that it’s just an attempt to make the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms so onerous and legally dangerous to those same citizens that they would very likely not take the risk. And think that point over with an eye toward other right Americans enjoy – how many ways could those rights be made onerous and troublesome to exercise?
This is not a collection of “common sense” restrictions, not even remotely. They are a hash of been-there-done-that-and-never-worked liberal fantasies wrapped around a core of the belief that citizens shouldn’t be allowed to be armed. And that’s not unsupported allegation, either. While most of the Left is canny enough to not actually say it, it appears some of them are getting frustrated enough that they’re on the losing side of this debate that they’re starting to be openly honest with their feelings. These attempts at curtailing the 2nd Amendment for the average citizen are not truly about addressing shootings, which are quite rare, thankfully. And until the Left gets serious about actually addressing those issues, they are going to see more and more of this kind of defeat.