Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), one of the original proponents of a filibuster against any gun-control legislation, is trying to keep the Senate momentum going with a social media campaign and interactive project.
Lee, along with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) two weeks ago that a GOP filibuster would stop any gun legislation from moving forward on a 60-vote threshold procedural motion.
Since then, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) have signed on to the filibuster vow.
“The more people learn about the consequences of current gun control proposals, the less they will support the new restrictions,” said Lee. “The proposals serve primarily to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing little – if anything – to reduce violent crimes. Senators have an obligation both to uphold the Constitution and to promote solutions that effectively address national problems. The current gun control proposals fail both tests.”
Lee is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that sent Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) assault weapons ban to the floor for a vote, but knowing the votes weren’t there Reid did not include it in the gun package to be debate this week. The White House is still pushing for Feinstein’s language, though, which Reid said can be offered as an amendment.
“We believe that any new restrictions on gun rights should require a bipartisan majority. The American people deserve a meaningful and transparent debate about gun laws before those who seek further Second Amendment restrictions use procedural tricks and back-room deals to push through controversial legislation,” Lee said.
The senator launched his Protect 2A project today, asking Americans to “share their stories about what the Second Amendment means to them and why they feel the Senate should protect their rights.”
Conceivably, these stories could be used on the Senate floor if it comes down to a filibuster.
Lee also promoted use of the Twitter hashtag #Protect2A.
“Americans know the true meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment is to guarantee our right to self-defense in our system of self-government,” Lee said. “We’re asking citizens to share their stories about what the Second Amendment means to them and why they feel the Senate should protect their rights.”