Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) shot me an email over the weekend stating that the Schumer-Toomey-Machin (STM) compromise gun bill was indeed a trap for the gun control lobby. It was going to be a framework on which pro-gun amendments could be hung, with very little given up in return.
While the theory was nice, the execution of the bill’s language was troubling to better legal minds than I. They suggested the bill was a turkey, and as I’m inclined to view any gun law without the action “repeal” in it with a great deal of suspicion anyway, I hope they must the votes to kill it outright, blocking cloture.
If that isn’t enough drama for one day, there is the possibility that STM could be replaced by something called the the “Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2013,” which is another kettle of fish I haven’t had time to begin the unpack, plus there are a quiver-full of amendments Republicans are sure to be hiding in the reserve as “poison pills” to make it unpalatable for Democrats.
It’s going to be a long day.