Documenting Democrats’ Latest Gun Dilemma | Beaufort County Now | Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a new challenge for congressional Democrats seeking more gun control.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Documenting Democrats’ Latest Gun Dilemma

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a new challenge for congressional Democrats seeking more gun control.

  • Senate Democrats punted on taking up House gun-control bills on Friday, acknowledging that the restrictions put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) were "dead on arrival," according to senior Senate aides.
  • Facing pressure from gun-control activists and Democratic elected officials alike, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) told colleagues on Thursday he would bring background check legislation to the floor shortly after the Senate returns for business on April 12. But with Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), Jon Tester (D., Mont.), and Susan Collins (R., Maine) publicly stating their opposition to House-passed background check bill H.R. 8, Democrats must find a viable replacement. The political environment makes that a nearly impossible task, according to multiple Senate aides.
  • A senior Republican aide said H.R. 8's requirement that licensed gun dealers perform background checks nearly every time someone sells or even lends a gun to another person is a non-starter.
  • "H.R. 8 is just dead on arrival," a senior Republican staffer said. "Period. It doesn't have the votes. Not only does it not have the votes quietly it doesn't have the votes loudly because Manchin and Toomey are out there opposing it."
  • Staunch opposition has led to speculation that Democratic leadership will revive a bipartisan 2013 bill that would only apply background checks to private sales. Democratic threats to abolish the filibuster to ram through gun-control legislation could alienate Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), a sponsor of the 2013 background check bill, according to a senior aide.
  • "Senator Toomey is not interested in playing political games or being an example in a background check exercise," the aide said. "He's interested in achieving an actual outcome."
  • In 2013, Toomey not only cosponsored the amendment to extend background checks to private sales but also played a leading role in selling the policy to voters and fellow senators.

Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

climate change nannystaters say "Let them eat crickets and mealworms"
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Today, I spoke to the North Carolina Senate Committee on Education/Higher Education about Proposed Senate Committee Substitute for House Bill 324.
Jordan Hall, the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana, preaches a blistering, barn burning yet biblically faithful sermon on transgenderism and transhumanism. It grabs you from the get-go and doesn’t let up. Give it a listen!
These people are nuts

HbAD1

The details of the Biden administration’s (mis)handling of the border crisis remain a mystery to many, but Judicial Watch is fighting hard to get the most pressing questions answered.
On Tuesday, the N.C. Senate Education Committee presented a bill that would effectively end the High School Athletic Association’s role in supervising high school athletics, a role the organization has held since 1913.
Why were we doing business helping the Chi Coms build weapons of mass destruction (germ warfare)?
James Antle of the Washington Examiner reports that a recent spike in crime could have a negative impact on bipartisan law enforcement reforms.
The State Board of Elections will hold an in-person meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021.
“The time has clearly come for the federal government to take on a larger role in the growing fight against cyber criminals.”
"Never let a crisis go to waste." How much of this will we take?
Dog food may contain potentially high levels of aflatoxin

HbAD2

Female athletes who are breastfeeding infants will be able to bring those children with them to Tokyo, according to Tokyo Olympic organizers, clarifying the event’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Jim Geraghty of National Review Online takes issue with the latest pronouncement from President Biden’s top spokeswoman.
Nikole Hannah-Jones was given tenure by the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill after they convened in a closed session Wednesday.
The General Assembly may allocate hundreds of millions in federal relief toward closing the digital divide this session

HbAD3

 
Back to Top