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Bridget Johnson


April 11, 2013 - 9:13 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) quickly followed his vote this morning to break the GOP filibuster and move forward to consideration of gun legislation with a lengthy explanatory statement and pledge to bring forward his own NRA-backed legislation.

“I welcome a debate on the Second Amendment in the United States Senate. I want to proceed to this bill. I want to debate it. I am not afraid,” Graham said. “Some have asked why I opposed filibustering a procedural motion to move forward.”

His reasons?

– “Many Senators have refused to even take a position on some of these issues for fear of angering one side or the other.  There’s only one way to see where Senators actually stand – make them vote.”

– “Filibustering right now means Senators get a free pass.  Some politicians’ dream scenario is one where they don’t actually have to vote For or Against a proposal but can tell each side they were with them all along.  Again, let’s make Senators vote.”

– “Nothing the Democrats are proposing would have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre.  We need Senators on record.  Do you support these proposals?”

– “The legislation can still be filibustered after today in the United States Senate.  And even if gun control legislation passes the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate it is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.”

– “Finally, I have my own legislation, supported by the NRA, which I want to bring forward in the Senate.  My legislation would make a real difference in keeping guns out of the wrong hands.”

That bill, Graham said, is “designed to prevent individuals like Alice Boland, a mentally disturbed individual who once pled ‘Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity’ in federal court for threatening to kill the President of the United States, from legally buying a firearm. Under current law, she was able to pass a background check, buy a pistol, and go to Ashley Hall School in Charleston where she tried to shoot several school officials. One bullet in her hands is one too many.”

“Again, I welcome a debate on gun control and you should too,” he continued. “The American people deserve to see where their elected representatives stand on the Second Amendment. Let’s vote.”

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.

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If you look up Graham in Webster's it says, "If his lips are moving....". Graham & Co. keep showing exactly where they stand and their consituients keep voting them back in. What does that say about Republican voters?
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1) Democrats have the majority in the Senate. If there is a party line vote, they win automatically.
2) The only thing keeping the Republicans from getting run over on everything is the special rule of the filibuster.
3) The 16 traitors just gave away the protection of the filibuster.
4) Plus there are about a half dozen "Republican" Senators who can be expected to vote with the Democrats on any given issue, including Graham.
5) "Putting Democrats on the spot" never works. They do not care if they enrage their non-welfare dependent constituents because they can depend on vote fraud to carry them through elections.
6) Since the Constitution is up for grabs based on a majority vote in the Congress, what guarantee is there that there will be elections to put them on the spot, with people like Graham and the 15 others in the Senate?

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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Graham in general is not trustworthy, but in this case, he may be right; he is not the only pro-2A person making this argument.
1 year ago
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We'll have to see if his planning works out for him, I think it will not and this is just his planned excuse.

He, and 15 other so called conservatives just voted to allow a majority vote of 51 to violate the constitution. IF this happens, these republicans should be charged with treason, as they SWORE to protect and defend the constitution, NOT debate it. These sellout senators don't even know what the language of the legislation will be, and have not even allow the AMERICAN public to read it and respond.

NO excuses allowed Grahmnesty, YOU are a progressive elitist sellout, and you should be grand juried, charged, and convicted of treason against the constitution and republic.
1 year ago
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There is such a thing as
an argument that is so perfectly rational that is perfectly stupid.

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