Se­nate fails to show lead­er­ship with gun vote

North Penn Life - - OPINION -

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 would have re­quired back­ground checks for all pur­chases at gun shows and in­trastate In­ter­net trans­ac­tions, but al­lowed un­reg­u­lated trans­fers be­tween friends and famLly. AnG DJDLn, WKH DPHnGPHnW VSHFL­fiFDlly — Ln blDFN DnG white — pro­hib­ited the cre­ation of any kind of national gun reg­istry. And, of course, the leg­is­la­tion still failed on a 54-46 tally. ,W IDLlHG bHFDuVH WKH 1DWLRnDl 5LflH AVVRFLDWLRn DnG LWV Se­nate bootlick­ers lied about it. They claimed it would lHDG WR WKH Jun UHJLVWUy LW VSHFL­fiFDlly SURKLbLWHG, bHFDuVH LW FRulGn’W wRUN wLWKRuW WKH UHJLVWUy LW VSHFL­fiFDlly SURKLbLWHG. They lied. They are con­temptible, bought-and-sold liars. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, we’re look­ing you.

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.)

It also failed be­cause the mod­ern Se­nate re­quires a 60YRWH VuSHUPDMRULWy WR SDVV DnyWKLnJ RI VLJnL­fiFDnFH, Ln FlHDU con­tra­ven­tion to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion.

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.

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