Even though Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) knows he probably doesn’t have 60 votes, he’s bringing this foolishness to the floor. From The Hill:
Even though he doesn’t have the votes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will move ahead on legislation Wednesday to expand background checks for gun sales.
Democrats are confident they will have a potent political issue if Republicans block the bipartisan measure, noting high public support in a variety of polls.
But it is highly unlikely that there are 60 votes for the upper chamber to adopt the agreement forged by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to expand background checks.
“We don’t know if we have 60 votes, but we don’t know that we don’t have 60,” a Democratic aide said. “It will be very close.”
Reid, however, has counted enough undecided senators to give him a shot, albeit one with long odds, at just clearing the 60-vote threshold.
Please contact your senators (link here to phone numbers and email addresses) and ask them why they would even consider supporting legislation that would have done nothing to prevent what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. Isn’t that horrible crime the ostensible reason for putting more burdens on the God-given rights of law-abiding citizens? Isn’t that why we have had to endure the hideous spectacle of the parents of murdered children being flown to Washington, D.C. on Air Force One and being escorted by democrat political operatives to Congressional offices to lobby for these laws? Even the proponents of the latest round of gun control proposals admit that what they are demanding would have made no difference in Newtown. So why are we being asked to pass them in the name of Newtown? We all know the answer. The Left is all about incrementalism. The ultimate objective is to disarm the people so that they can be controlled. Any crisis, crime or other incident that they can use to further that objective is what they want, no matter how small the step is. Baby steps in the right direction down the road to serfdom will do just fine.