Party Rifts Complicate Chances for Gun Bill Passage – NYTimes.com

 

In spite of a vote last Thursday in favor of debating new gun measures, some Democrats who are facing re-election next year in conservative states have already said they will not vote for the background check measure offered by Senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, forcing Democrats to look desperately across the aisle to fill the gaps.

Republicans, in the meantime, are bitterly torn between moderates who feel pressure to respond to polls showing a majority of Americans in support of some new gun regulations and conservatives who are deeply opposed to them.

Source: Party Rifts Complicate Chances for Gun Bill Passage – NYTimes.com.

It is sad to see that party politics takes the front burner in the gun regulation work. How did the obstruction views of the NRA become so powerful? The vast majority of the citizens of this country are in favor of background checks as one cog in the solution to the preposterous gun violence in the country.  This pressure from the powerful gun lobbies is nothing new but it is still just as shameful. When a politician’s desire to remain in office outweighs his will to do the common good then it is probably time for him to step back and think why he went to  Washington in the first place.

I totally refuse to be a single issue voter or citizen. We all must look at the common good and stand on those issues. We should never just fixate on one issue. That makes us too narrow minded….

2 thoughts on “Party Rifts Complicate Chances for Gun Bill Passage – NYTimes.com

  • Well said, R.J. You and President Obama, said it all. I can only add my own anger and disgust with the pathetic performance of our Congress. So many of them ignored a clear mandate from the people and catered to a powerful lobby once again. This is not Democracy when money buys votes and policy. The majority of the populace should be able to decide what kind of society we live in…gun ridden or gun free. We can’t even get simple regulations on guns. I don’t consider myself a one issue voter either, unless the issue is the basic integrity of the candidate. I hope we can all examine our representatives and weed out the weak links when next we vote. We need to keep the pressure and outrage alive and try again.
    Bloggers like yourself and the news media can do that and I hope you do.

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    • Thanks for the thoughts Jane. I’ve been around for a long time, and I think you have too, but I have never seen our congress so dysfunctional in all my days. It is beyond the point of embarrassing maybe even to rage right now. The senator from my State was one of those out front in gun obstructionism. I not only will vote against him but will spend some of my hard earned dollars for his opponent whoever that might be. The trouble with it is I have to listen to him for four more years before I can do anything…

      If only people realized the power they have in the voting booth and vote their conscience instead of just pulling the party lever that they always do..

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