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« on: August 31, 2009, 11:36:37 PM »

August 31, 2009

 
The Thune Amendment: Welcome to the Masquerade
 
A few months back, I sent out an email about the NRA's national concealed carry bill that certain Republicans were trying to attach to the speech-regulating "hate crimes" legislation.

In that message, I wrote about many of the dangers posed by the NRA's original proposal to federalize our CCW system -- and they are myriad.

(I've provided a link to NAGR's original statement on the problems with the NRA's plan at the bottom of this email in case you want to read or reread it.)

But just recently, there was a new national reciprocity bill on gun owners' minds -- and on the Senate floor:  The Thune amendment.

As you may remember, it failed by two votes.

And I'd like to tell you why.

It wasn't a "lack of unity" in the Republican party that led to the Thune amendment's 58-39 demise:  The Thune amendment was never supposed to pass.

The entire process was calculated to fail by faux Republicans and vulnerable Democrats scheming together -- but only after dozens of anti-gunners on both sides of the aisle could exploit the chance to dissemble on the record as gun rights supporters.

It's Washington politics at its finest -- voting "yes" on an ostensibly pro-gun bill orchestrated to die just short of the needed number of votes, but that could still be used to dupe constituents.


This is what happened in a nutshell:


Knowing that there are not enough votes for passage, Senator Thune (R-SD) proposes the amendment (as cover, we think, for all the faux gun rights supporters in the Senate) with the understanding that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will only allow it on the floor if he can get a filibuster threat, thus rendering the amendment impossible to pass.


Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) immediately threatens to filibuster (more grandstanding), so now the amendment needs 60 votes to invoke cloture.


(Read between the lines here:  The bill did not have enough votes to pass anyway, so all the filibuster threat did was to give these scumbags 9 more "safe" yes votes to parade around.)
Senators Schumer and Reid secure all the nay votes needed to ensure defeat.


Then, as guided by Reid and Schumer, Republican and Democrat anti-gunners (especially those in rural or conservative states) seize the opportunity to vote for something none of them actually believe in just to pacify their constituents.
"See! Look! I voted for this bill! I'm pro-gun!"

Senators were literally getting permission from Schumer and Reid to vote for the amendment -- permission because they couldn't surpass 59 votes -- lest the bill actually pass.

(Gasp!)

And remember who cooperated with this whole scheme:  None other than Mr. Thune.

Great cover vote, fellas.  What integrity.
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