Senate fails to show leadership with gun vote
For once, Pennsylvania has nothing to be ashamed of. Both of our U.S. senators — Bob Casey gr., a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican — cast sensible votes April 17 to expand background checks to a greater percentage of fiUHDUP VDlHV.
In fact, Pennsylvania led the way. It was Toomey and Sen. goe Manchin, D-W.Va., who sponsored and pushed for the amendment to a larger package of gun control legislation.
The amendment stopped short of the universal background checks supported by the vast majority Americans — poll tallies range from 70 to 90 percent.
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It also failed because many U.S. senators who know better are also self-interested cowards, too craven to risk their careers for the best interests of our society. We’re speaking here particularly of the Democrats facing re-election in red states: Max Baucus (Montana), Mark Begich (Alaska), and Mark Pryor (Arkansas.)
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But the Pennsylvania delegation, at least, did the right thing.
Toomey, who has an A rating from the NRA, for now, provided one of the few brave examples. Yes, he’s a Republican in a blue state, but the NRA will surely make him a target, and that’s enough — clearly — to reduce most senators to quivering lumps of jelly.
Frequently, leadership is doing the right thing at risk of great personal cost. Along those lines, we have very few leaders in the U.S. Senate.
Instead we have nose-in-the-trough swine who prefer to collectively reduce America to a society where violence — the slaughter of school children — is a requisite for the illusion of freedom.
And for keeping seats in the U.S. Senate.