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April 9, 2013 - 7:04 am

A Georgia Republican said he won’t be part of the movement in his caucus to filibuster gun bills in the Senate, saying he believes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) package of gun legislation deserves a vote.

“There’s was no ambivalence on the gun issue. I think, everybody knows what the issues are. We have not seen the final draft of the legislation that was produced, I understand, last night,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said this morning on CBS. “But, I think, it deserves a vote up or down.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined the vow by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), 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) to block any gun-control bills.

Isakson is meeting with some of the Sandy Hook families today, who are on the Hill lobbying for gun control.

“The heart and soul of every American goes out to the families of those who lost their lives in Sandy Hook. They deserve a right to be able to sit down and talk with me. And I gave them that right and will be happy to meet with them,” he said.

The senator said both Obama’s gun-control push and the NRA’s counter push are having an impact.

“It’s getting the phones to ring, and they’re ringing on both sides. Michael Bloomberg was running ads back in Georgia telling everyone to call Senator Chambliss and myself. I know there are other programs going on to drive the phone calls, and that’s — they’re doing their job,” Isakson said. “You know, there are two amendments at issue here. One’s the First Amendment that you enjoy, the freedom of speech. That’s what they’re enjoying. Second is the right to bear arms, which is the whole issue in terms of gun control.”

“…I stand for the Second Amendment. I don’t want — I want our people to have unfettered access to be able to exercise their constitutional right, but also if somebody’s a felon and it’s known, I don’t think they should be able to make a purchase.”

Isakson is organizing the guest list for another dinner between President Obama and a group of Senate Republicans on Wednesday night.

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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Primary him. Now.
1 year ago
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“…I stand for the Second Amendment. I don’t want — I want our people to have unfettered access to be able to exercise their constitutional right, but also if somebody’s a felon and it’s known, I don’t think they should be able to make a purchase.”

Hey numbnuts, its already illegal for a felon to buy a gun. The problem is that its not being enforced at the point of sale.

1 year ago
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The POS for most felons is on the street so to speak, purchasing guns taken from legal gun owners who don't care about keeping their deadly weapons secure from loss -- about 500,000 per year. Theres quite a few surveys conducted with incarcerated felons who don't mind telling the origins of their possessed guns.
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"“…I stand for the Second Amendment. I don’t want — I want our people to have unfettered access to be able to exercise their constitutional right, but also if somebody’s a felon and it’s known, I don’t think they should be able to make a purchase.”"

It's already a crime for a felon to have/buy a gun. And there's a background check in place already to stop those sales. Who thinks a criminal to criminal -who intends to kill someone- sale is going to be stopped because they'll go to the neighborhood gun store for a background check?
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