Bob Owens

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Republican Senators drop gun bill filibuster; is a trap being set?

Written By: Bob - Apr• 11•13

I was a little surprised that the Republicans skipped out on the gun control bill filibuster, allowing it to move forward to debate by a vote of 68-31. 16 Republicans crossing the aisle to allow it to go forward including Burr, who had been set to join the filibuster.

While it is merely speculation, I think several things are going on here:

  • Republicans have decided to give Obama the “up or down vote” he’s badgered and waved the blood shirt for, in order to give the appearance of compromising.
  • Republicans are figuring that they’re now turning the tables on Red State Democrats and moderate Republicans, forcing them to come out and record an up or down vote.
  • Republicans have plotted to fill the legislation—whatever it turns out to be—with “poison pill amendments” that will either force Harry Reid to pull the bill, or force Democrats to vote against it, OR put enough pro-gun legislation in there to more than offset any background check compromise.

The possible amendments Republicans could add to the bill to make it toxic to gun-grabbers and/or attractive to freedom supporters is almost limitless.

  • Apply the same background check standards to voter registration and voting.
  • Revolk of the Hughes Amendment from Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986, allowing manufacturers to once again build machine guns and selective-fire weapons for public sale… providing the purchaser goes through federal background checks, of course.
  • Remove suppressors from the items affected by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and follow-on federal legislation, letting these hearing safety devices be sold over the counter.
  • Institute national “shall issue” concealed carry.
  • Make it a felony, punishable by 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, for any attempt to build a federal database for the purposes of gun registration, with no immunity for elected officials, government employees, or law enforcement.
  • Mandate that any firearm restrictions that affect the general public also extend to law enforcement, whether state or federal.
  • Specifically exempt any firearm with detachable magazines, a pistol grip, bayonet lug, 30-round magazines,etc from state gun control legislation, due to their unquestioned utility as militia arms.

The list of ways to turn S.649 into the de facto “Gun Freedom Act of 2013” is only limited by the minds of the Senate’s Bill authors. Let’s hope they have the good sense to use this bill to force the Democrats to show their constituents what they really think about liberty. If they can use the amendment process in such a way as to expand freedom instead of contract it, that is even better.

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  1. Right_2_Bear says:

    “The list of ways to turn this empty shell of a bill into the “Gun Freedom Act of 2013″ is only limited by the minds of the Senate’s Bill authors.”

    Only if there is some spine exhibited by the Republican leadership. I hope you are right. My initial impression was one of a “cave-in” giving the Democrats a blank check.

  2. Tom says:

    Perhaps. But that is giving senators like Lindsey Graham a lot of credit when his record has been a Chutes and Ladders board of randomness. I fear the strategy of playing on their terms, on their field, with their rules and trying to get anti’s on the record with a vote is a dangerous strategy. I’m all for getting votes on record, but not when the topic is a complete red herring. “Background Checks” sounds and “feels” good to the uninformed and I fear a watered down “something” will pass.

    I would much prefer to get them on the record voting about something real that is related to reducing crime. Perhaps something that includes mental health issues.

    My $.02…

  3. Gayle says:

    You’ve given me the smallest amount of hope. My stomach dropped through the floor when I learned that the filibuster attempt had been defeated.

    I’m not gonna let up on haranguing others to call their senators today, however ;-)

  4. Chris says:

    Lindsay says he has his own NRA approved bill ready so I guess we will see.

  5. Comrade X says:

    Sounds like a Pelousi move to me; we need to pass the bill to see what is in it!

    I tend to agree with Mark Levin when he said:

    “The Republican Party, the RNC, needs to be fumigated,” Levin said. “Need to get rid of all the cockroaches, clean it out, start new bottom-up top-down with conservatives. They all pretend to be conservatives, but I’m telling you folks, they hate our guts. The feeling is mutually, by the way, but they hate our guts.”

    But don’t worry we can always count on the integrity of Harry Reid to make things right; can’t we?

    Death before slavery!

    • Mama says:

      I felt the same way Comrade,Sounds like a Pelousi move to me; we need to pass the bill to see what is in it!

      Its already been an up-hill battle and they want to take a chance. When have the DEMs every listen to the right wing. They hate us all. Believe they need to make a lists of all the things O has been pulling. One day his plan just might go in effect. Only to find out they are ones that will be brought down, because evil does not look after anyone except himself.

      Amazing they buckled on us!!! Pisses me off about our (R) reps.

  6. Bill says:

    I don’t trust it. I hope I’m wrong, but I expect bad things coming.

  7. Catseye says:

    I have read in recent days of how the Republicans by filibustering the bill would be providing “cover” for red state Democrats. I tend to agree with Admiral Akbar here “It’s a Trap”. And it may take down a number of moderate Republicans as well as the Red state Democrats.

  8. III Pat says:

    Name ONCE when the Republicans have actually ever done such a thing as you propose Bob. This a purely simple cave-in. Traitors, each and every one of them, Dems and Reps, who voted yea on this. I am disgusted to say Flake, my new AZ senator, voted yea. Funny tho, as his counterpart — the RINO McCain — voted nay. Go figure.

  9. redc1c4 says:

    the smart money says the GOP will simply fold, rather than lead on the issue.

    i mean really, when was the last time they did anything else?

  10. Cole says:

    It’s all wishful thinking. I admire the optimism but it relies on the Republicans being competent, cunning, and truly interested in safeguarding our gun rights. They possess none of those traits. This will pass the senate as is or worse after the amendment process. The House will pass it too. Hey they don’t want Bloomberg funding negative adds about them. Look how fast Toomey caved. We are headed for war and the GOP is banging the drum of bipartisanship.

  11. Steven says:

    BTW – LOVE the “poison pill” ideas. Frankly the conservatives should actually PROPOSE these things and stop playing DEFENSE.

    They keep RE-acting and not putting out proposals of their own. What is wrong with demanding ID and a background check before allowing voting?! You have to be legal and can’t be a felon to do so, right?

    Same with the other ideas.


  12. gary says:

    it is a sad day to say we live in a free country. reid and the rest of you dirty scumbag traitor politicians will be sorry you all betrayed the people of this country.MOLON LABE.

  13. John says:

    If the Repubs are strictly trying to force out Red State Dems, or RINO’s into the open, with the only express purpose of winning the next election while losing our 2A rights in the meantime, there won’t BE a Repub party by next election.

    I too, hope and pray you’re right.

  14. Chuck says:

    It’s a nice little fantasy, Bob, but when you consider that the number of Republicans in the Senate who actually give a shit about the Constitution can be counted on one hand, that’s all it is.

  15. david7134 says:

    Note that many on the right think that background checks will be ok. The works are being set so that no one can pass a background check. Have you ever taken an anti-anxiety drug? You are on the list. Ever taken an anti-depressant for back pain, like Cymbalta? You can’t have a gun. Ever been to counseling for marital problems? You are out.

    We need fewer laws, not more.

    • Steven says:

      GREAT point sir.

    • figment says:

      heck, the ‘psychotropic drug’ thing covers anyone who takes allergy, asthma, some seizure and hypertension drugs too. and this means OTC counter drugs like benadryl, too.

    • smitty says:

      Yes, with the thickets of laws and regulations on the books, nearly all of us are mentally incompetent or felons (the “law-abiding” citizen is a myth), and unable to possess firearms, at least according to this sorry-ass government.

      It was sort of ‘game over’ long ago, when we allowed “…shall not be infringed” to be infringed, with the NFA of 1934, possibly even before that too.

      It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freeman of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.
      -James Madison

      Well, Americans did not “take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties” and we have waited-hell, we’re still waiting…

      We failed to deny the principal and are now facing the totalitarian consequences…

  16. HempRopeAndStreetlight says:

    Tis a fool’s Hope Mr. Owens – but none of us can blame you holding onto it, given what is looming on the horizon.

    The Republicans have never done any of the things you suggest – there is simply no historical precedent for it in the last decade – they capitulate, roll-over, and surrender. Moreover, they don’t WANT to loose moderates to primary challenges – the Republicans are busy trying to STOMP OUT those “horrid tea-party hobbits” to quite john McWeenie.

    Here is my prediction: This is capitulation, and Boehnor will find enough mush-bags in the house, along with all the democrats – to get this on president Blight-bringer’s desk.

    Then it’s on.

  17. Karl says:

    Great suggestions!

    But while I like the idea of loading up the bill, the fact that people who took an oath to the Constitution just voted to bring this anti-Constitution legislation to a vote.

    Our layered defenses against tyranny are few, and getting fewer.

  18. Jeff says:

    How on earth can any pro-gun amendments be added to the final bill, when they can easily be defeated on a party-line vote? The script is written on this one. Toomey has hitched his wagon to the “compromise” and so have several other RINOs. This will pass the senate, and it will not be good for gun owners.

  19. NY OEF vet says:

    Nope, they are not that clever. You dont allow the enemy to come inland you mow them down on the beaches. This is not a good thing.

  20. Craig M. says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, you need to cut the Prozac in half, LOL. These idiots are not this resourceful and have little interest in expanding our rights. What you are seeing is them selling us out plain and simple.

  21. gogaited says:

    You are missing the real reason. There is no difference between the commiecrats and the republicoms. They are in it for the graft and the power. ALL OF THEM. They ALL agree with disarming the people. It pure theater to keep people thinking they have a voice. We don’t. There is only one way this is going to change.

    Brick walls. Blindfolds. Some assembly required.

  22. Skip says:

    I wish I could agree with you and you have really put together some excellent points but you are way more intelligent than McCain, Graham etc.

    I think they will cave as usual to the Obama regime. If the GOP had any ball at all they would be planning how to not only keep control of the House but gain control of the Senate. Hope you are correct in your post but if what you put together happened I would be shocked.

  23. Austerlitz says:

    Hell no this isn’t a trap. The Republicans are cowards and crooks, making sure we little people stay in line.

    As HempRopeAndStreetLight (so deserveth McCain) says above, the House will cave.

    It will be interesting to see if, and how, the media reports the first few guys who refuse to give up their rights, and their guns.

  24. Dan says:

    When has the gop leadership successfully ambushed obama and the Dems?

    I can’t think of any.

    This post is a case of grasping at straws…..

    We’ll see.

  25. Kevin J Kehoe says:

    So then I guess it is time to go to War with Them and dispose of all Traitors permanently.

  26. Fu#kObama says:

    I doubt, very seriously doubt the GOP has the spine to stand up and do this sort of thing, they are often afraid of their own shadow and/or complict with Imam Obama’s gun grabbing scheem.

  27. Mike S. says:

    I have to agree with the above posters. This isn’t some crafty strategy by Republicans to defeat the bill, this is Republicans caving yet again.

    Any “success” by the gun grabbers only emboldens them to do more. I firmly believe it was the passage of the Brady Bill that gave Democrats the political momentum to ultimately pass the “Assault Weapons” ban.

    Also, each new gun control bill, no matter how benign it sounds, becomes the starting point for the next round of gun control. We gun owners keep compromising and getting screwed. The only “compromise” I see from the gun grabbers is they bitterly settle for half of what they originally demanded. We still loose. They still win.

  28. captainfish says:

    Let’s hope they have the good sense to use this bill to force the Democrats to show their constituents what they really think about liberty

    Bob, you made me spew my coffee. I’ve lost all hope of reason and logic in Congress. I am EXPECTING that this bill passes with even more restrictions piled on.

  29. Jim says:

    Republicans are like Sir Robin.

    “Would it help if we ran away some more?”

    “When danger reared it’s ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.”
    “Brave, brave, brave, Sir Robin”


    Face it folks, we are on our own. There will be no help from the statists.

  30. mark says:

    Add this to the list:

    – Any government law enforcement officer, and that includes any local, county or state police officers, agents of the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Agency, or any other government official at any level in the United States, who files a stress-related disability claim immediately and permanently has his Second Amendment rights revoked.

    – The above also applies to all elected officials within the United States of America.

  31. ChristCrusader says:

    I like all your suggested amendments, but they need to come into fruition without the background checks…
    Here’s another reason to avoid giving up the freedom to purchase a firearm freely in exchange for the “safety” of having a background check done first by the government to prevent criminals from getting guns: the government gets to decide who’s a criminal or otherwise qualified to have a gun; and that standard is subject to change at any moment with or without notice. What about when they extend that circle out far enough until it finally includes you because you’re a Christian; have had a speeding ticket; have posted to, subscribed to, or read a website deemed to be dangerous; live in a designated gun free zone; are a registered anything-but-democrat; or have ever taken a particular medication or been under the care of a particular type of doctor? We cannot set up a mandatory, locked, guarded door to go through in order to purchase a firearm that’s guarded by the government that can change its requirements at any time! Buying/selling a gun does no harm, and should not be a crime. Crimes should be limited to those actions that directly harm another person; not actions that could lead up to an actual crime of harming someone, but rarely if ever does, and is otherwise an activity exercisable by free Americans with no harm to anyone. Such laws only restrict free, law abiding Americans from going about their daily lives exercising their God given freedoms. Criminals, by definition, pay no heed to laws, and only need to have their specific damaging actions against others punished, not actions that led up to actions that led up to actions that led up to actions.

  32. ChristCrusader says:

    It has always frustrated me with indignation every time I read a law restricting my freedoms with a clause that exempts government from that restriction. Outrageous

  33. ChristCrusader says:

    a quote copied from Senator Alexander’s website that seems to hint at being in agreement with Bob’s thoughts:
    “I’m always ready to defend and debate the Second Amendment constitutional rights of Tennesseans. In fact, I look forward to sponsoring and voting for amendments that strengthen those rights. To be unwilling to defend and debate Second Amendment rights on the Senate floor would be like joining the Grand Ole Opry and being unwilling to sing.”