Monday, April 22, 2013

NRA Spent $28M in 2012 Elections to Buy Candidates and Office Holders - It Worked

NRA puppetmasters pulled the strings of their bought and paid for Senators while 90% of American people were told our voices don't count!

So much happened last week that I wasn't sure where to start but this editorial from the Tampa Bay Times on the Senate vote on gun control background checks became even more important after the bombings in Boston. The guns obtained by the Boston bombers were obtained illegally.  The older brother was not an American citizen and had a history of domestic violence.  He was interviewed by the FBI several years ago at the request of Russia who was concerned about his activities.  That should have been in a registry for background checks but since we don't have background checks for private sales at gun shows, any terrorists or criminal can walk in and buy a gun.  The younger brother was too young to have a permit to buy a gun in MA.  From accounts this morning, the younger brother is answering questions via pen and pencil, since he was shot in the throat.  Hopefully he will give them the answers as to why this happened in Boston and what was planned in the future because of the large number of explosives and weapons cache that was found.  

Wonder how the members of the Senate who voted against the background check or illegal trafficking amendments feel today?  Republican members of the Senate lied to the American people on what was in the background check bill.  There was no established registry but that didn't stop them from going out telling people that is why they voted against the bill. Tampa Bay Times nails the members of the Senate including four Democrats Baucus (MT), Begich (AK), Heitcamp (ND), and Pryor (AR) who voted against background checks. Majority Reid voted NO in order to bring the bill back to the floor.
Editorial: How soon they forget
Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:57pm (video will play after ad)
On another Friday morning just four months ago, these 20 first-graders were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 
And these six educators died trying to protect them. 
This week, 45 senators forgot those faces and ignored our voices. They voted against expanding background checks for gun buyers.
By the numbers
3,513 people have been killed by guns since Sandy Hook.
91 percent of Americans favor expanded background checks for gun buyers.
91 percent of Florida voters favor expanded background checks for gun buyers.
$21 million was spent in the 2012 election cycle on federal elections by the National Rifle Association.
Here are the common sense amendments that were voted against on gun control with only one exception which was passed to protect privacy:

0010418-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 717 Agreed to Barrasso Amdt. No. 717; To withhold 5 percent of Community Oriented Policing Services program Federal funding from States and local governments that release sensitive and confidential information on law-abiding gun owners and victims of domestic violence.
0010317-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 714 Rejected Lautenberg Amdt. No. 714; To regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
0010217-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 720 Rejected Burr Amdt. No. 720; To protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and their families.
0010117-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 711 Rejected Feinstein Amdt. No. 711; To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
0010017-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 719 Rejected Cornyn Amdt. No. 719; To allow reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms.
0009917-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 713 Rejected Leahy Amdt. No. 713; To increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking.
0009817-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 725 Rejected Grassley Amdt. No. 725; To address gun violence, improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and end straw purchases and trafficking of illegal firearms, and for other purposes.
0009717-Apr S. 649 On the Amendment S.Amdt. 715 Rejected Manchin Amdt. No. 715; To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.

Once you start looking at the amendments that were rejected, you start asking yourself why the minority is running the Senate when you cannot even pass common sense gun control amendments in light of all the shootings that are happening.  Trigger locks are used to make a firearm more difficult to discharge and act as a safety precaution in carrying and owning guns. However, only nine states in America (NY, NJ, CA, OH, MI, RI, MD, PA, MA) have trigger lock laws that enforce this precautionary measure.  Why isn't this mandatory in every state?

We have seen way too many young children get their hands on guns and shoot someone else or themselves when a loaded gun has been left in reach of a child.  IMHO that should be child endangerment, but not in the world of the NRA where they believe young children should be taught to use guns.  Young children are not capable of understanding the power of guns but that doesn't stop the NRA from wanting to arm them. In Missouri a State Senator bill would require schools to teach the NRA's Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program or a similar program to all first-graders.  I wouldn't want the NRA propaganda machine anywhere near young children today.  They are nothing but lobbyists for the gun/ammo manufactures to sell more guns.

Majority Leader Harry Reid as I have stated many times was dumb to have cut a deal with Mitch McConnell on filibusters which require a 60-vote margin to pass and has put the Senate at a standstill. The American people demand more out of their Congress then we are getting. These obstructionists tactics are driving more and more Republicans to become Independents, Democrats, or Republicans supporting all Democrats in 2014.

This bunch of NRA bought and paid for Republicans would even vote for the Leahy Amendment No. 713; To increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking.  In essence the vast majority of Republicans came down on the side of criminals and terrorists.  Is that what they want their legacy to be?  That bill lost 58-42 with Republicans Collins (ME), Murkowski (AK), and Kirk (IL) voting for the Leahy amendment and these 42 Republicans voting against:
NAYs ---42
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

If that wasn't enough, you have the classless Minority Leader Mitch McConnell coming out with this graphic on his Facebook page which did not play well. In fact it received the same reaction as Rand Paul saying that the Newtown people were being used as props by President Obama. The vast majority of American people are disgusted with both of their reactions which were classless.

NO one is coming to take any guns away from law abiding citizens no matter how many times the NRA and Republicans play that card. The fight is far from over and those of us who want some common sense gun control are not going away. We are also not forgetting who voted for the criminals and terrorists to be able to obtain guns from private individuals. Have often wondered how many of these private sellers are people who refuse to get a gun dealers license so they can keep selling to whoever will pay the highest in order to obtain guns with no background check or ID required. IMHO, all dealers at gun shows should have to be licensed.

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