Yesterday the U.S. Senate failed to pass an amendment to the gun legislation that would expand background checks on gun sales. The vote was 54 in favor with 46 opposed. The outcome was a clear win for gun owners because they didn’t get to the magic number of 60 to end filibusters.
Obama delivered a message yesterday afternoon. He said the fight had just begun. He blamed Republicans, naturally, and forgot to mention 4 Democrats voted against his bill.
Obama appeared to be having a tantrum. Much like a child being told he couldn’t have any candy before dinner. This arrogant guy acts as though whatever he thinks should automatically be put into law. He did little work trying to get the legislation passed. He gave a lot of speeches around the country saying why the bill needed to pass, but did little in the way of lobbying the senators who actually vote.
He accused the National Rifle Association of lying about the bill. Everything I have heard the NRA say has been accurate. It has been the Democrat statements that are alarming. It is the Democrats who are saying this is the first step toward outlawing all guns. Maybe Obama forgot about the lies he told about healthcare. Maybe he misspoke when he said premiums would go down. Maybe he misspoke when he said coverages wouldn’t change. It seems Obama has a creditability problem, not the NRA.
Let’s cut to the chase. THE PROPOSED LAW, ALONG WITH THE CURRENT LAW, IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THE LAW SAYS WE MUST ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR PERMISSION TO BUY A GUN. PERIOD.
Obama has another chance to impose his will. The U.N. is proposing legislation requiring all signature countries (about 120 so far) to register all weapons with the U.N. They can’t keep all the records themselves so the various nations will keep the records for the U.N. This treaty was dead until November 8, 2012. That’s right, until the day after Obama won re-election. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a prime supporter of the legislation. Current Secretary of State John Kerry voiced strong support for the bill.
The recent vote in the Senate showed Obama is well short of the 67 votes needed to ratify the treaty. However, Harry Reid can table the bill until after the 2014 elections. If he still doesn’t have the votes, he can just leave it tabled as long as the Democrats remain in control of that house.
Obama can choose to enforce the treaty until the Senate acts. Just like they did with the budget, working on continuing resolutions, Obama can put the treaty in play. It would continue to be law until either the Senate votes or Obama leaves office.
The U.N. could then ban all gun ownership by individuals and the U.S. government would have a record of all gun owners. Same rules would apply to the second treaty.
Look, I’m not a right wing radical, but I call things as I see them. This is a bad situation.