Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut spent 15 hours on the floor of the Senate filibustering to supposedly force the GOP to vote on keeping guns out of terrorists’ hands using the terror watchlist. It was all a show.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that a compromise had been reached. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he added.
“We did not have that commitment when we started today,” Murphy said.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to offer the same old amendment she tried last year that strips Second Amendment rights using a database designed for a completely different purpose, with no due process. But Sen. John Cornyn has had an amendment ready to go out of the box. Democrats have zero reason to oppose it.
From Cornyn’s website:
“Every single Senator wants to deny terrorists access to guns they use to harm innocent civilians, but there’s a right way to do things and a wrong way.”
“My legislation actually does what we need to do to give law enforcement first the notice that this individual is trying to buy a weapon, and then the opportunity to take them off the streets and deny them access to a firearm.”
But Democrats won’t agree to Cornyn’s bill, not because they don’t think it makes sense (it makes too much sense), but because the NRA endorsed it.
That’s the whole reason.
Democrats expect a large group of Republican incumbents to vote against both the background checks and Feinstein’s anti-terror proposal and will almost surely use it against the GOP in the general election.
Murphy noted that Feinstein’s gun legislation — and the broader firearms debate — “now exists in a post-Orlando world” and said Democrats and advocacy groups will be out in full force to push Republicans on the measures.
“It’s going to be a question for Republicans, especially those that are up for reelection this fall as to whether they want to stand with Donald Trump and the NRA or stand up with 90 percent of the American public,” Murphy said. “There’s going to be a fury of advocacy that comes into Republican members’ offices that will dwarf that of the NRA.”
This is why I loathe liberals in congress. They would rather do nothing at all and then use the next tragedy to play for their gun-free world than do what makes sense.
Here’s Cornyn’s plan, Democrats should support it.
- Under the SHIELD Act, if an individual who (1) is a known or suspected terrorist, or (2) has been the appropriate subject of a terrorism investigation within the last five years, attempts to purchase a weapon:
- The Attorney General or designee has the authority to delay the transfer of a weapon for up to three (3) business days while relevant law enforcement agencies conduct an investigation.
- Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials are notified immediately so they can monitor the situation.
- A U.S. Attorney could permanently block the transfer upon a showing of probable cause before a judge that the individual is involved in terrorism.
- Further, the Attorney General or designee then has the authority to immediately take the prospective purchaser into custody if a judge determines there is probable cause that the individual is involved.