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April 14, 2013 - 6:14 am

Senator Susan Collins of Maine has become the first Republican Senator to say she will vote for expanded background checks.

NBC News:

Collins said “I do intend to support it” now that she has reviewed the actual text of the Manchin-Toomey bill and calls it a “reasonable” approach. Collins described the Manchin-Toomey effort as “a responsible break through from two people who have far better NRA rankings than I have.” Both Sens. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, hold “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association. Collins added she knows her yes vote and support is “not a popular thing in my state.”

Speaking exclusively to NBC News, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is the first GOP senator to say publicly she will vote for the bipartisan compromise on expanded background checks for the sale of guns online and at gun shows.

Collins said “I do intend to support it” now that she has reviewed the actual text of the Manchin-Toomey bill and calls it a “reasonable” approach. Collins described the Manchin-Toomey effort as “a responsible break through from two people who have far better NRA rankings than I have.” Both Sens. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, hold “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association. Collins added she knows her yes vote and support is “not a popular thing in my state.”

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., worked with Manchin and Toomey privately during negotiations and is expected to vote yes on the background checks bill.

Collins, who is running for re-election next year, said she would not have supported a plan that required universal background checks, including individual sales. She cited an example of a father who gives his daughter a gun for protection when she “moves to the big city.”

Collins pointed out that her state has among the highest rate of gun ownership in the country at more than 40 percent while also ranking as the safest state with respect to low violent crime.

The three-term Republican says she is “being hit hard” and “being besieged by all sides” referring to ads run against her by both the conservative National Association of Gun Rights and the president’s group, Organizing for America.

Reid needs at least 5 GOP Senators to break any filibuster on passage of the background check amendment, depending on any vulnerable red state Democrats up for re-election in 2014 break ranks . He’s got two in Collins and Kirk, while a few other moderates like John McCain and Lindsey Graham are currently sticking their fingers in the air to judge which way the political wind is blowing.

With some polls showing a 90% support level for background checks, and wide support for the bill’s school safety provisions, some form of gun control is probably going to pass the Senate — and by a hefty margin.

The battle then moves to the House where the background check is in trouble and the entire notion of gun control may be a non-starter for the GOP majority.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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The first two GOP senators to sing on for Harry Reid were Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk. Susan Collins gives him 3 of the 5 he needs. McLame is in the bag, if Harry needs him. That means Harry only needs one more from the group of 12 that got a free White House dinner plus Grahamnesty. Without having that vote in his pocket, he would never have brought the main bill to the floor. Of course, he wants more than 5 - for every additional RINO that signs on, one Democrat from a red state facing reelection next year can vote against it!

Same circus; same clowns!
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Susan Collins isn't "defecting." Only someone who still erroneously thinks party labels mean anything would use that word.

Those of us who have been identifying RINOs for years could have told you how Collins would vote on this -- though now it seems "Republican" is nothing but a name anyway.
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So representing the will or approval of the majority of the people is wrong in America? Thats great news!

Need I post all the polling data for you?
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The democrats are playing this for all that they think they can get out of it. As such it looks like they are not getting all that they want, but this "compromise" will give them a foot in the door. We should not give it to them. The next time a new tragedy occurs they will want more and it will never end until they arrive at their goal of gutting the Second Amendment.

In a vein of cynical thought I think the House should reach out in a spirit of compromise. Let them propose that the background check would consist of verifying that the buyers were registered voters. Just think about it, People are not allowed to vote if they are of unsound mind, convicted felons, or non-citizens. And the Democrats have assured us time and time again that this system works wonderfully. That's why there is no voter fraud. The Democrats swear that this is so. Why create a new system if what we have works so well?

In the real world the Democrats would be very torn. In order to make the gun background checks effective at all they would have to put requirements on voting (such as photo id) that would essentially deal a massive body blow to the widespread voter fraud that benefits them so well. They would have to admit publicly that our current requirements for voting are a joke. Given such a choice they would promptly abandon their push for expanded background check laws for gun transfers.

And if they did the GOP could rightfully claim that it was the Democrats who sabotaged the call for expanded background checks.
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"In a vein of cynical thought I think the House should reach out in a spirit of compromise. Let them propose that the background check would consist of verifying that the buyers were registered voters. "

That's truly brilliant! That would be an excellent way to see them squirm over their own hypocrisy. Of course that assumes the media would cover it but they probably won't, preferring to pretend it isn't happening as in the case of the Gosnell abortionist story. But it's sure worth a try, in my humble opinion.
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