Background Checks Legislation Short Of 60 Votes In The Senate
By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 17:08 EDT
The US Senate faces a showdown this week over gun rights, but even supporters of a contentious compromise on background checks conceded Tuesday that they are still short of the necessary votes.
President Barack Obama expressed optimism about the proposed bill and said it would be unimaginable if Congress defied strong public support for the measure, especially after the Newtown school massacre in December.
The chambers top Democrat Harry Reid insisted they had the momentum in the Senate to pass the legislation, which would expand background checks to all commercial firearms sales, including purchases made at gun shows and online.
A deal was being sought that would allow Reid to call for votes on several proposed amendments to the underlying gun bill, beginning with the background check measure as early as Wednesday, he said.
Supporters would need 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to overcome blocking tactics and ensure final passage. Democrats and independent allies hold 55 seats.
and start over again. I'd love a new shot at staffing the senate and house.
where parliament can be dissolved and new elections held. Think of a Parliament like our Congress.
How awesome would that be? Unfortunately it requires a change to the Constitution.
America now has an extremely feeble and broken government. It's totally deadlocked and frozen. That's why we got downgraded in 2011.
That's why I sort of chuckle when anyone says America is the greatest country the world has even known.
I understand from previous posts that the new law would enable NICS test results of those not purchasing from a dealer to be kept longer by the government, and not be under the same regulation as those who currently purchase from FFLs, hence the ACLU objection.
Not taking your ammunition or your weapons, not rounding up your grandfather's shotgun or your Bushmaster 'hunting' rifle...
On BACKGROUND CHECKS.
Don't stop till the opposition is so tired of a "Ground Hog Day" style life that they vote to end debate and allow a normal vote.
And i don't think it can be fixed.
Not in my lifetime and probably not ever.
Dealers, gun shows, online sales - all of them go through the NICS check. Father hands daughter her first .22LR - no need. This would have been good, rational progress.
Of course, we're all aware that even if it cleared the Senate, there's still the House to deal with.
It's really as simple as that. The right to live your life or the right to bear arms.
I think Coburn's online, instant, free, and recordless background check proposal might be able to reach the 60 vote threshold.
need to know VERY much more about HOW/WHY "our" senators make the votes they do in this kind of situation.
All of this points to corporate personhood.
Parsing out what is left of our democracy waiting for a dictator.
Remember twas the Roman Senate that was dysfunctional and impotent that let loose the 400 years of tyrants and megalomaniac strongmen.