Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

March 28, 2013 - 9:32 am

One of three senators who have threatened to filibuster gun-control legislation today accused President Obama of continuing to “use the tragedy at Newtown as a backdrop for pushing legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that horrible crime.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said his notification to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he and Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will “exercise our procedural right to require a 60-vote threshold in order to bring any of the president’s proposals to the floor” is based on three reasons.

He also announced on Twitter just after this statement that Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) signed on to the threat.

“First, as we saw last week with a vote on my amendment to establish a two-thirds requirement for the passage of any new gun legislation, virtually all Republicans and at least six Democrats believe that new gun legislation should have overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate before it becomes law,” Lee said.

Democrats Max Baucus of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas supported Lee’s amendment. Only one Republicans, Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted against it.

“Second, this debate is about more than magazine clips and pistol grips. It is about the purpose of the Second Amendment and why our constitutionally protected right to self-defense is an essential part of self-government,” Lee continued. “Any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves robust and open debate. Requiring a 60-vote threshold helps ensure that we have that debate rather than skipping directly to the back room deals, horse trading, and business-as-usual politics that typifies the way Congress passes legislation today.”

Before Congress left for the Easter recess, Reid began procedural motions to launch debate after the upper chamber returns in April.

“Finally, many of the current gun proposals are constitutionally problematic. Altering the application of constitutional protections should require approval by a supermajority of Congress. With a 60-vote threshold, we are seeking to ensure that a bare majority does not jeopardize the basic rights of the American people,” Lee concluded.

“The Senate — and the American people — have an important debate ahead of us. I look forward to this debate and hope that others Senators join me, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz in demanding that our discussions take place in full view of the American people.”

UPDATE: Rubio statement on joining the effort of Lee, et al: “We should look for ways to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill prone to misusing them, but I oppose legislation that will be used as a vehicle to impose new Second Amendment restrictions on responsible, law-abiding gun owners. We should work to reduce tragic acts of violence by addressing violence at its source, including untreated mental illness, the lack of adequate information-sharing on mental health issues, and the breakdown of the family.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
While I support Sen. Lee's actions here, he got something fundamentally wrong. He writes, "Any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves robust and open debate."

In fact, any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves a fast trip to the nearest garbage can.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (12)
All Comments   (12)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Gun control is a losing issue for the Democrats. If the Republicans were smart they would find a way to keep the Democrats talking about gun control (without actually passing anything) right through 2014 and all the way to 2016.

Nothing illustrates the Democrats' totalitarian world-view like gun control.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Progressives are always big on "getting to the root cause" of any problem - EXCEPT when it comes to gun crime. In this one instance they insist on piddling around with measures that accomplish exactly diddly-squat.

That fact tells me what they REALLY want, and that is gun bans/controls like they have in Great Britain. As Charleton Hesston famously said.....
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"Progressives are always big on "getting to the root cause" of any problem "

Yep, and that problem always seems to be liberty.. Odd that.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Amazing to the point of unbelievableness...the Republicans are finally getting the backbone together enough to stand up and say NO, and hopefully make it stick...
Gotta send these guys and the Te Party some bucks and encouragement.

They're going to call us the party of NO anyway, best to make those NO's count, like, NO we are not going to roll over and let you pass unconstitutional gun control laws...
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
King Obama just announced that the time for "speeches aren't enough" (a reaction to getting his butt kicked by patriots. However he set the narrative:
""And that's my attitude," Obama said. "Tears aren't enough. Expressions of sympathy aren't enough. Speeches aren't enough. We've cried enough. We've known enough heartbreak. What we're proposing is not radical. It's not taking away anybody's gun rights. It's something that, if we are serious, we will do. And now's the time to turn that heartbreak into something real. It won't solve every problem, there will still be gun deaths, there will still be tragedies, there will still be violence, there will still be evil. But we can make a difference, if, not just the activists here on the stage, but the general public, including responsible gun owners say, you know what, we can do better than this. We can do better to make sure that fewer parents have to endure the pain of losing a child to an act of violence."

IOW gun owners are irresponsible; uncaring and dead to the cries of the victims and their loved ones. All emotion and an all out call to arms to overthrow the 2nd Amendement +. It has begun in earnest ... we stand against this or .... ... guys like LEE will speechify us into oblivion.

Again ... obama just announced an all out attack on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - so did Biden by the way. Any wavering this issue by Republicans will in effect show their true colors and this push to subdue citizens rights by Obama will backfire bigtime because he's NOT dealing with Euroweenies; he dealing with something he doesn't understand - the spirit of the American people.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
While I support Sen. Lee's actions here, he got something fundamentally wrong. He writes, "Any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves robust and open debate."

In fact, any legislation that would restrict our basic right to self-defense deserves a fast trip to the nearest garbage can.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
View All