by Scott Creighton
As the senate was fully stocked for the first time all year (all 100 senators decided to show up tonight) there were a contingent of civilians in the balcony wearing orange tee-shirts which read “#Enough” signifying they have had “enough” and want action on gun control legislation. Some were activists, others family members of recent victims. They were soon to find out they haven’t had enough just yet as the senate voted on 4 amendments relating to their core issue.
Afterward, standing at a podium adorned with the orange #Enough logo, Harry Reid tried his best to put a good spin on the night’s voting in the senate as Chuck Schumer openly blamed the republicans for not stepping across party lines to vote with Dems on various unconstitutional gun control amendments. Harry said there are “only 46 of us” and they were doing their best.
All four of the amendments brought up for a vote after the filibuster the other night went down in flames on nearly perfect party-line votes.
- Feinstein (D-CA) amendment – blocking gun sales to people on “no fly” list – 47 yea (Dems), 53 nay (Reps)
- Cornyn (R-TX) amendment – requiring court order to delay “no fly” list gun sales for 72 hours for court order – 53 yea (Reps), 47 nay (Reps)
- Murphey (D-CT) amendment – background checks at gunshows – 44 yea (Dems), 56 nay (Reps)
- Grassley (R-IA) amendment – increasing funding for background checks – 53 yea (Reps), 47 nay (Dems)
Truth be told, the dems could easily have crossed party lines to vote on at least one of the republican written amendments but they chose not to. Same holds true for the republicans, though at least in their favor, the ones written by the Dems stand in stark contrast to constitutional law and several Supreme Court rulings.
The two bills I wrote about the other day were not brought up tonight in the senate and I am glad of that. I am also glad the Feinstein amendment (which is very similar (if not the same thing) to one I did write about, using not only the “no fly” list to strip folks of their constitutional rights but also other arbitrary lists put together in secret) failed.
It’s hard too say where this goes from here but at least those 4 measures have been temporarily put to pasture.
When it was over, the senator from Ohio got up and talked for 10 minutes about a basketball game. It was almost surreal watching all the multi-multi-millionaires milling about, going from one little group to the next, glad-handing each other and chatting up their little deals, maybe making plans for drinks taking place right now.
Sitting up in the cheap seats were a bunch of activists who actually thought they were there to witness history. What they got was a lesson in D.C. sideshows. I kinda feel sorry for them, except for the fact that they were there rooting for a fascist blacklist system to be enshrined in the rule of law. Aside from that, I feel sorry for them. Kinda.
The whole thing was much ado about nothing.