7 months, 4 weeks ago
A pair of bipartisan senators on Wednesday announced they’ve reached an agreement over a bill to expand background checks for gun sales, marking a significant first step as Congress attempts to tackle the thorny issue of gun control. While the Senate is now one step closer to actually voting on the legislation, the bill’s fate remains far from certain, its authors acknowledged.
“I think this is a fluid situation, and it’s hard to predict,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., one of the drafters of the background check bill, said of the legislation’s chances. He added, however, that the legislation represents common ground and that he’s “hopeful” it can pass.
“Criminals and the dangerously mentally ill shouldn’t have guns,” Toomey said. “I don’t know anyone who disagrees with that premise.”
You’re a liar. That criminals and the dangerously mentally ill shouldn’t have guns isn’t your premise. Your premise is that what you propose for universal background checks would have any effect on criminals and the dangerously mentally ill having guns. I think you know that this is a false premise and doesn’t comport with the facts and data. In fact, let me remind you just why the left really wants universal background checks.
The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing. This is the only thing that we can possibly do to keep our children safe from both mass murder and common street violence.
Unfortunately, right now we can’t. The political will is there, but the institutions are not. Honestly, this is a good thing. If we passed a law tomorrow banning all firearms, we would have massive noncompliance. What we need to do is establish the regulatory and informational institutions first. This is how we do it. The very first thing we need is national registry. We need to know where the guns are, and who has them.
Thus ends two non-remarkable careers in politics. I hope you enjoy your new buddies, Pat.
UPDATE: David Codrea asks:
Why Toomey felt compelled to take this stance, particularly noting the slim margin he was elected to office by and the likelihood that angry gun owners will remember at the polls if he decides to seek office again, remain unclear. While the bill is far short of what President Obama wants to sign into law, if it passes, it will be used as the plateau from which the next series of demands will be issued.
I don’t know why Toomey felt compelled to take this stance. Why does any tyrant feel compelled to be one? Original sin due to the “federal headship” of Adam. If you don’t like that answer, you don’t hurt my feelings. Queue one up of your own. Either way, I hope Toomey chokes.