It hasn't been a good week for the United States. By Wednesday, twin
bombs exploded near and at the finish line of the Boston Marathon,
killing three innocents and wounding nearly 180. A lightning bolt struck
a fertilizer plant in West, Texas last night, killing at least one
police officer and five firefighters and destroying 80 or more homes.
And then just hours before the West, Texas disaster, the United States
Senate, the higher chamber of our legislative branch, voted 54-46 for
the Manchin-Toomey bill that would've strengthened background checks for
wouldbe gun owners.
This prompted the President of the United States minutes later to give a
presser while Joe Biden stood behind him looking as if he wanted to eat
Harry Reid's face without the aid of bath salts. The Chief Executive
was also surrounded by Gabby Giffords and Sandy Hook parents. The mother
standing behind Vice President Biden burst into tears at one point
while Republican scumbags like Mitch McConnell were crowing about
victory for thwarting cloture on a bill that's already decades too late
in arriving, a bill that would only provide the first tentative steps
toward some sensible gun control. Background checks are only a crude
tool, a fish net that would only strain out the crazies and criminals
who can still get fully automatic weapons online and at gun shows.
Background checks are woefully inadequate but at least it's a start.
So the president who for the first four years of his term never once
uttered the words "gun" and "control" in the same sentence and was
plainly reluctant to enter the debate until Sandy Hook last December is
being hailed as a hero by the left for finally doing the right thing and
standing up, at long last, for victims of gun violence. It was billed as the President finally being
angry but the real anger was in the faces of the Vice President and the
Sandy Hook families. The real anger was in the email sent out minutes
later by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who almost lost her life
in Tuscon to gun violence, when she wrote that "the US Senate did the
worst thing imaginable... nothing."
The plain fact is, more Democrats broke ranks and sided with the NRA
than Republicans doing so. Five Democrats voted against the bill while
four Republicans, including John McCain of Arizona, did the same. Harry
Reid changed his vote at the last second and voted against it for purely
procedural reasons in order to bring the bill up again today for a
vote. But he still voted against it and made it harder for this
sensible, if middling, piece of legislation to achieve cloture and end
debate. It could've
been brought up for unanimous consent such as when Congress last week unanimously passed the bill that gutted the STOCK Act.
But it wasn't because 46 cowards, most of them Republicans (of course)
decided to side with the NRA and gun-clutching Ted Nugent types despite
90-92% of the American people, many of them gun owners and NRA members,
being in favor of sensible gun control measures that would barely get a
handle on stopping tragedies such as Newtown, Aurora and the seemingly
endless string of mass shootings that happened across America last year.
Since Sandy Hook, over 3400 Americans have lost their lives to gun
It was a classic case of Congress legislating at the people, against the people and despite the people and yesterday's vote on the Manchin-Toomey bill was arguably the most shameful moment of this 113th Congress. It was mainly the minority
Republican Party you have to thank for this. That would be the same GOP that
scuttled the Violence Against Women Act, denied relief for 9/11 first
responders, held unemployment benefits hostage time and again while
holding out for more tax breaks for the 1% and forced a sequester that's
killing this country a little more each day. That would be the
Republican Party that once again gave a giant, red, white and blue foam
middle finger to the American people starting with the Sandy Hook
families that just four months ago lost 20 small children to gun