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April 8, 2013 - 11:57 am

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.”

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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.

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Excellent idea! I've shared this link on my Facebook page and forwarded the article to all of my friends. Americans like to feel that they have a voice in this fight and this proposal will give them one in the most powerful forum in the world - the floor of the US Senate.
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Every time you limit someone’s right to protect themselves you empower their attacker. It is a balance and every law made should weigh in favor of self-defense and preservation. Last I checked criminals don't follow the laws we have now, making more isn't going to help save anyone but it will hurt those who will be less prepared to defend themselves.
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Abusing any procedural 'rule' to often and that abuse has NO outcome other than impede the process, can lead to some consequences that might prove fatal should a majority shift take place at some point in time. What goes around will come around on the floors of congress. Likewise, the majority leader has substantial authority to control procedural rules changes and especially those being abused. Just something to remember for those who can think beyond their eye brows!
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While your point is true there is something more fundamental at stake concerning the background checks: one is considered guilty until proven innocent by the background check. That is a fundamental transformation that establishes a precedent that is the exact opposite of our current legal system.

IMO, the only reason for the background check is to establish a national database of gun owners.
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Background checks are 'mandatory' for any occupation in which firearms are involved both in government and on the civil side. Background checks are 'mandatory' for any issuance of sercurity clearances in the government or the civil side. Background checks are 'mandatory' for educators for licensure. backgrpound checks to own a deadly weapon
(a weapon specifically designed to kill) is not an unreasonable nor unconstitutional requirement! Likewise, registration and civil liability for gun ownership is not unreasonable nor unconstitutional and does not impede gun ownership The constitution only protects gun 'ownership' to those qualified under law -- nothing more and nothing less. If the gun owner and their advocates keep forcing their 'literal constitutional' issues and force the Supreme Court into a corner, they will eventually rule pretty much as I stated.
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We used to be a country of innocnece until proven guilty.It hasn't been this way in years.I see far too many criminals that are free,but the person hurt gets pushed around alot.Liz
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And with the advent of scientific advances in DNA we're finding many convicted and having served years in confinement were in fact, innocent of the crime(s) convicted of. How many innocent people have been executed?

The criminal jsutice system - corrections was transformed into an economic machine to relieve rural unemployment many years ago and has been systemically more politically corrupted every since.
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Excellent idea! I've shared this link on my Facebook page and forwarded the article to all of my friends. Americans like to feel that they have a voice in this fight and this proposal will give them one in the most powerful forum in the world - the floor of the US Senate.
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Thank you for posting this, Bridget. One of the most effective things Ted Cruz did during the last filibuster was read the tweets that came in. It energized the filibuster and gave voice to all of us who supported it. Gun control activists hope the filibuster will be senators reading the phone book, so we need to make sure they have plenty of material.
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