Washington D.C. (The Gaslamp Post) – Well it’s official, the latest surviving legislation aimed at curbing American firearms ownership has now died on the Senate floor. Today’s vote of 54-46 now means that the third and final pillar of President Obama’s gun-control agenda has crumbled.
The move to expand “universal background checks” to private firearms sales between individuals, internet sales, and certain “gun-show” transactions has now been struck down by lawmakers. This coming after Feinstein’s legislation seeking to ban “military style (looking)”, semi-automatic firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines, has proven fatal for those in favor of curbing American’s second amendment rights.
As it turns out, 5 Democratic Senators crossed party lines in order to stand against the proposed legislation – surprisingly enough, one of them was Senate Maj. Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV). Joining Sen. Reid (who was the same Senator who pushed to have the legislation come to the floor for a vote), were Democratic Senators; Mark Pryor (D-AR), Max Baucus (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Mark Begich (D-AK).
Sen. Reid stated that although he supported the bill, he voted against it “to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again.”
In addition to the remaining Democrats whom had voted in favor of the bill, was Republican GOP Senator John McCain (AZ) (coming as no surprise). Joining Sen. McCain were Susan Collins (R-ME), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and also coming as no surprise, Mark Kirk (R-IL).
Just like yours truly predicted over a week ago, some of the Democrats who voted against the bill suddenly realized that they are up for reelection this coming year. Just when the Democrats thought they had the deal in stone after the Manchin-Toomey amendment (which brought Sen. Toomey on board – after having an A rating with the NRA), the guys who realized that their jobs were more important than party politics, wised up.
Isn’t it great to watch when the rats turn on each other?