Sometimes I don’t understand my country.
I mean, obviously it rocks because in this country Americans get opportunities they couldn’t get anywhere else. Like Snooki and JWoww getting a spinoff show for example.
But sometimes we Americans just seem so intent on doing the wrong thing.
Like the Senate is supposed to debate a comprehensive gun package this month but a group of 13 senators led by Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, have threatened to filibuster it.
“We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions,” the senators wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
I wish Rand Paul would go back to ranting about drone policy.
Even Senator John McCain was like – you knuckleheads are WAY CRAZY. Why wouldn’t we consider this legislation?!
Okay, that might not have been his exact quote. He actually said, “I don’t understand it. The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.”
The assault weapon ban is not even on the table at this point. (Thanks guys for that.) And limiting high capacity magazines is very much in doubt, despite the fact that it took the Newtown shooter less than 5 minutes to end 26 lives. LESS THAN 5 MINUTES.
Even the universal background checks are now in jeopardy even though 91% of Americans support universal background checks. 91%. That is an insane amount of agreement amongst very different kinds of people across this country.
But you know what? I, and many others, are sick of seeing young children and other innocent Americans gunned down in the so-called spirit of the 2nd amendment. If you are a law abiding citizen, enjoy your guns. But most of us would like to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
Some states like Connecticut have taken sweeping bi-partisan action on their own. Connecticut’s new law bans some weapons, plus the sale and purchase of high-capacity magazines like those used in the Sandy Hook shooting. The legislation also requires background checks for all gun purchases.
Colorado and New York have also passed tough measures.
But what about the rest of the country?!
If the Senate filibusters this already watered down legislation, then every single Senator who opposes sensible gun restrictions should take a trip to Newtown, CT and explain their actions to the parents who will never hold or hug their children again.
Please remember that there are 84 million mothers in the United States and only 4 million NRA members. We can not take the risk of staying silent.
Americans for Responsible Solutions (Former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford’s organization)
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in American