Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Second Amendment - Gun Control - #4471 - Does the Senate Have Enough Votes to Pass Gun Control Bill on Wednesday? It Could Come Down to the Wire - The Blaze (2) GOP Plans Replacement Proposal as Toomey/Manchin Background Checks Bill Nears Failure - Hot Air (3) President Obama's Plan for a Socialist One Party State - American Thinker (4) Maryland's Second Amendment Nightmare: Coming Soon to a State Near You? - American Thinker

Does the Senate Have Enough Votes to Pass Gun Control Bill on Wednesday? It Could Come Down to the Wire - The Blaze - The Senate set a long-awaited vote for Wednesday on a bipartisan plan for expanding background checks to more firearms buyers, with supporters facing a steeply uphill path to victory. By scheduling the roll call, Senate leaders ensured a showdown over the cornerstone of an effort by gun control supporters to tighten firearms laws following December’s killings of 20 students and six aides at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The Senate planned to vote on eight other amendments as well to a Democratic gun control bill that besides expanding background checks, would tighten laws against gun trafficking and boost school safety aid. They included Democratic proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, which are expected to lose; a Republican proposal requiring states to honor other states’ permits allowing concealed weapons, which faces a close vote; and a broad GOP substitute for the overall gun measure. Read more.......

(2) GOP Plans Replacement Proposal as Toomey/Manchin Background Checks Bill Nears Failure - Hot Air  - As of 5:55 p.m. ET, WaPo said there were 53 yeses for T-M (assuming Frank Lautenberg is well enough to cast a vote tomorrow) and just seven undecideds remaining in the Senate. They have McCain listed as one of them, which is almost certainly incorrect, but the other six are legit: Ayotte, Baucus, Begich, Heitkamp, Landrieu, and Pryor. Ayotte, the lone Republican there, could single-handedly kill the bill by walking away (assuming none of the current no’s flips to yes), but better that she stays mum for the time being to make the five Democrats sweat a little. If she can wait them out until one of them joins the filibuster, then Republicans get to say that it was a Dem who finished off Toomey/Manchin. Ayotte won’t wait until the last minute — if the five Dems cave by committing to vote yes, leaving her as the last senator to decide, the media scrutiny of her will be excruciating — but hopefully she’ll at least give Baucus et al. a few hours to see if they’ll pull the plug first. Is that the end for gun legislation? Not quite, per the Free Beacon: The Democrat-controlled Senate is set to begin consideration of the Manchin/Toomey amendment Thursday, but a group of GOP senators has quietly drafted a replacement amendment, titled the “Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2013.”… The bill would establish a high-level federal task force to increase prosecution of gun violence in the country. It would also create a nationwide version of Project Exile, which shifts prosecution of gun crimes from state to federal courts. Additionally, the act would “reauthorize and improve” the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Federal courts would be required to submit relevant information to NICS, and it would “ensure relevant mental health records” are submitted by states. Read more......

**This is Important, Please read....'Virginia Organizing' connected to 'Organizing for Action' is asking for $4,000 in the current Albemarle County budget, see below.
(3) President Obama Plan for a Socialist One Party State - American Thinker - The last check and balance on President Obama is the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. He has made clear that he intends to remove that check on his power in the 2014 elections.......The second mid-term election of a two term incumbent President, as in 2014, has historically been a disaster for the party of the incumbent President.....But President Obama has decided to defy that history. He has decided not to try to govern with the Republican House majority, but to devote the next 18 months to political posturing and framing the issues so negatively against the Republicans that America would rally to give Obama total control of the government in November 2014, with a restored Democrat majority in the House as well, leaving no check on Obama's power at all......This is what Obama's new 501(c)(4) organization, Organizing for Action, is all about. He has transformed his campaign into that organization, giving it the advanced social media technology, contact lists, and grassroots infrastructure of the campaign. Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, writes in the March 15 Washington Times, "Organizing for Action is flooding the airwaves with advertisements praising the Obama Administration's policies, and viewers at home are being inundated with just as many talking points and political attacks as they were during the 2012 campaign." Read more.......  Related Article: Mimicking Marx: Albemarle Co. pledges $4K to leftist Virginia Organizing - Schilling Show Blog.........

(4) Maryland's Second Amendment Nightmare: Coming Soon to a State Near You? - American Thinker - If you want to see how firearm sales can be effectively banned, look no farther than the so-called "free state" of Maryland. Although Maryland's newly promulgated "assault gun" ban and licensing requirements will not go into effect until October, it is already nearly impossible to reasonably purchase a pistol or other "regulated" weapon in the state, and those who do face waiting periods of 50-60 days and increasing daily. After October 1, with additional training requirements (including range time), fingerprinting, and licensing, it's likely that waiting times will increase exponentially, and that would-be legal gun owners will face periods of additional months, or conceivably years, before they can receive a pistol or other regulated weapon (though nevermore a so-called "assault weapon.") Under this scenario, it's hard to see how many gun dealers will remain in business, or why online outfits would bother to sell here (some already don't). Read more.......

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