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Bryan Preston

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April 8, 2013 - 9:41 am

Unwelcome news out of Pennsylvania.

Two influential senators, one from each party, are working on an agreement that could expand background checks on firearms sales to include gun shows and online transactions, Senate aides said Sunday.

If completed, the effort could represent a major breakthrough in the effort by President Barack Obama and his allies to restrict guns following last December’s massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., could nail down an accord early this week, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private talks.

This is terrible both on substance and on politics. On substance, there is no reason to think that any of the measures currently being debated would have stopped the Newtown killer. He stole his guns from his mother, who would have passed any background check. He even took gun safety courses. He failed his own background check. Substantively, when Republicans and Democrats get together in back room deals like this one, they not only violate the idea of open government, they end up getting railroaded by the Democrats. As a conservative, Toomey’s attachment to any measure weakens the hands of other conservatives and moderate Democrats who may otherwise steer clear of passing any gun control bill.

On the politics, handing the Obama side a gun control victory could resuscitate his flailing presidency and encourage him to go for more. There are several gun control proposals floating around. The president still wants an “assault” weapons ban, and Vice President Biden has said that whatever passes now is “only the beginning.” No victory now will slake their thirst for more later.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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There are two major issues which are threatening the existence of our constitutional republic: a stagnant economy causing massive unemployment and entitlement spending and exacerbated by a choking net of government taxation and regulation; and a bloated, oversized federal government which has created a $16 trillion debt and is increasing it by $1+ trillion annually for as far as the eye can see. These two issues should be at the top of the agenda for the administration and the Congress, and any "gangs of Senators" convened to circumvent the regular order of Congressional business should be working on them!

Gun control and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens are Obama's key issues, not ours, and he and the Dems are frantic to show some results to their base voters before the start of the 2014 campaign. Why in the name of reason are Pat Toomey, John McLame, Susan Collins and Lindsey Grahamnesty helping them to avoid the economic recession that is being extended by FDR's failed policies being revisited?

There should be no effort expended on Obama's critical failed promises until Obama and the Senate provide budgets which reach a balance in revenue and spending within the same time period as the House budget. That is Job 1!!
1 year ago
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Hate to be a dick but we already do a NICS check for every purchase. As long as they're destroyed, what's the problem if they exempt family members?

1 year ago
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Well Dick, the NIC requirement will likely invoke the word "transfer" and not simply "sell" and "purchase". So, you loan me your shotgun so that I may join you in duck hunting. You have just made a "transfer". You are now a potential felon since you did not have me subjected to a NIC clearance. If found guilty you may no longer own or possess a firearm.......after your release from the slammer. Wonderful, isn't it?
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Sometimes, Republicans are just plain stupid!! Any information developed in a "background check" has to be submitted to "some one" for a judgment as to whether the subject individual should be "allowed" to acquire a gun. May not be a real problem today, but who doubts that tomorrow's "decision makers" will be "community spokesmen," labor union officials or other democrat scum?
LOOK WHERE THIS WILL GO!!!
1 year ago
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If Sens Toomey and Manchin wanted to do something useful, they could work to make the NICS database available to trusted 3rd parties who help lawful gun owners keep guns out of the hands of prohibited people while shielding lawful purchases from government data collection. I could see voluntarily having the NRA run a background check on a stranger at a gun show, for example.
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