Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Gun control debate hits high gear in the Senate on Wednesday

Written By: Bob - Apr• 17•13


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.

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  1. eddd7 says:

    I think it was Edward Teller who said something like; ” as humans, we’re obligated to be optimists because then, at least we try”.

    Gosh Bob, unless the Republicans found a 55 gallon drum of testosterone to inject directly their collective veins, the premise of Republicans actually standing up for anything is beyond imagination.

    Perhaps Alan Gottlieb is an optimist too, and you’re just passing the info. Then again, maybe he’s just being BS’d by his Republican contacts.

    It’s getting hard to remember the last time the political right has won anything on the Federal level.

  2. Comrade X says:

    Alan Gottlieb’s “gun bill was indeed a trap for the gun control lobby” reminds me of another prediction;

    “…I believe it is peace for our time….” Neville Chamberlain

    So much for appeasement!

    Death before slavery!

  3. emdfl says:

    Gotlieb has shot both himself and his organization in the head by supporting this POS.

    Claire Wolfe pointed out problems with him and his several years ago.

  4. Right_2_Bear says:

    I heard that guy on Guntalk radio. Not buying it. As others have said, the Republicans have no backbone. They will scurry like chicken littles when the media turns on them and cave. I think this will be the first and last time we ever hear of these pro-gun amendments when this bill dies (hopefully). Republicans only ever seem to fight from a point of disadvantage.