New Obama Gun Control Vote Today

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.

 

 

Did Bloomberg Bully Pat Toomey Into Caving on the 2nd Amendment?

As you know, yesterday Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) held a news conference to present the “bipartisan” compromise he has worked out with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVA) on gun background checks. That “b” word, is a red flag, of course, as is the use of one of gun grabbers favorite phrases, “common sense.” Sen. Toomey said ““I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control. I consider them to be common sense.” Where have I heard that phrase before? Oh yes, I remember. Every time one of the mouthpieces for Mayor Bloomberg shows up on TV to shill for more gun control, he or she uses it to explain away any objections as unreasonable.

Perhaps that’s not a coincidence. Nanny Bloomberg was running ads against Sen.Toomey in Pennsylvania, but apparently after word of this compromise, the ads were pulled.

I don’t exactly have to find my shocked face when I learn that a politician might cave in the face of the slightest pressure from the likes of Bloomberg, but I am disappointed in Sen. Toomey’s doing the El Foldo on the 2nd Amendment. Does he realize that the Obama administration has admitted that they don’t have time to enforce existing laws on background checks? Recall the words of Joe Biden last January to Joe Baker, an NRA representative:

“And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”

Seriously? Sen. Toomey should be demanding an explanation for the administration’s failure to do the job they are obligated to carry out, not be grandstanding for soccer mommies in the Philadelphia suburbs by shilling for more pointless gun laws that are going to have ZERO impact on the type of mass shootings that Obama is using as an excuse to trample on our Constitutional rights.

In addition, this vaunted bipartisan compromise may contain another little surprise, the possibility that medical providers could add you to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without even telling you! From Red State:

The proposal will allow a doctor to add a patient to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without ever telling the patient he or she has been added.

There would be no due process requirement. Not all doctors will be able to do it with the same ease, but many will. Knowing a doctor could add him to a federal database as mentally ill without his knowledge could potentially dissuade a patient from going to the doctor in the first place to get help.

Worse, if the doctor does so and makes a mistake, the patient would have to actively work through the system to get himself removed — guilty before being proven innocent. In some states, should a doctor flag you as having mental illness without your knowledge, you may very well see the state come collect your previously purchased guns.

What could possibly go wrong? Can you go on this list if you seek grief counseling after a death in the family? What if you need treatment for depression? Gee, do you think the law of unintended consequences might come into play if this provision becomes law, perhaps by discouraging a lunatic from seeking help for fear of having his 2nd Amendment rights restricted? Here’s what I picture: way too many cases of people who legitimately seek help for an emotional problem ending up in a bureaucratic nightmare trying to restore their God-given rights, while the ACLU makes it nearly impossible to restrict genuine wackos from having Howitzers.

Sen. Harry Reid has said that the first vote will take place this morning at 10 a.m. If he doesn’t get 60 votes to end it, there will be 30 hours of debate. The filibuster that Sen. Cruz, Sen. Paul and Sen. Rubio promised is uncertain at this point. Sen. Cruz cancelled two press conferences yesterday about the gun bill, leaving observers to wonder if he too is going wobbly.

Stay tuned.

What You Know, Joe? Show Notes 1/13/13

Joe Biden prepares to release his carefully considered recommendations to prevent “gun violence,” which he has had in a drawer for the last 30 years, while Lame Stream Media continues to pretend that the emperor has clothes.

They’re back. The “No Labels” group, as in No Principles, No Brains and No Commitment to our rights wants to “compromise” on our liberty. I say screw that.

Thanks to our guest, Mark Walters, columnist for Concealed Carry Magazine, host of Armed American Radio, and author of Lessons from Armed America

Al Roker: ‘I pooped my pants’ during 2002 White House visit, ditched soiled underwear in bathroom and ‘went commando’ – NY Daily News

Newtown Answers – NRO Symposium – National Review Online

Teacher talks armed student into giving up, police say – CNN.com (Did the fact that the Taft, California shooter was confronted by 2 adult men, rather than women, make a difference here?)

“It’s Not What You Do. It’s Who You Know” File | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess (post contains photo of David Gregory’s wife with her bud, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, who made the decision to let him skate after willfully violating the draconian D.C. gun laws that he enthusiastically supports)

Woman in VA Shoots At 2 Daytime Home Invaders Who Shot At Her | Guns Save Lives

ABC News: Grandma with Gun Halts Store Robbery | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess

Range of executive actions possible on guns, some more controversial than others | Fox News

Colin Powell appears with David “Laws Are for the Little People” Gregory on “Meet the Press,” Plays the Race Card and Slanders GOP as racist. Remarkably, David Gregory didn’t challenge this calumnious assertion. He was probably distracted thinking about his recent brush with the law.

January 13: Colin Powell, Cory Booker, Haley Barbour, Mike Murphy, Andrea Mitchell – Meet the Press – Transcripts | NBC News

Speaking of media whores, is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. back on the horse, as in using heroin, or is he just insinuating himself into events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination because his other attempts to attract attention (using junk science to say that mercury in vaccines cause autism, radical environmental causes) have been less than huge hits.

Rule of Law » Federal Court: DOJ Must Reimburse South Carolina for Voter ID Folly (As long as Gen. Powell was accusing GOP of suppressing minority votes a la Al Sharpton, Jr., why didn’t he mention this story?)

Another leftwing Obama political hack, who has lied to Congress and misled the American people about his boss spending the country into oblivion, nominated to head Dept. of Treasury.

An Unqualified Jack Lew Will Tax and Spend – Larry Kudlow – National Review Online

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Jack Lew Must ‘Never’ be Treasury Secretary – ABC News

Did Jack Lew Step in It on Fast and Furious? Will Anyone Else Notice? Show Notes: 7/1/12 | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess (what did he know and when did he know it about Obama’s bloodiest scandal?)

Wheel Of Fortune FAIL: I Have The Wine By Johnny Cash (VIDEO) (what are the chances that this woman is an Obama voter?)

Taxation Without Cessation | The Weekly Standard (A MUST READ)

According to White House, Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and U.S. Census tallies, when John F. Kennedy was in the White House in 1962, federal tax revenues were $534 per capita, or $4,178 in today’s dollars. Last year (according to those same sources), federal tax revenues were $7,793 per capita. So, from 1962 to 2012, taxes rose 87 percent even after accounting for inflation and population growth. In other words, across the past 50 years, real (inflation-adjusted) per-capita taxes have nearly doubled.

Of course, this 87 percent increase in per-capita taxation hasn’t remotely kept the federal government from racking up higher deficit spending. With JFK in the White House in 1962, the federal government spent 7 percent more than it had available to spend—$1.07 going out for every $1 coming in. With Obama in the White House, it has spent $1.56 for every $1 available.

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