With President O’Bummer trotting out to Press Conferences announcing “I won!” like a Fifth Grader who just snatched all the marbles on a playground and the dynamic Duo of Pelosi and Harry Reid locking Conservatives out of Conference comittees or scheduling votes without notification — you’d think the biggest probelm in Washington would be the hardline Liberals and their “Quick-Ram-It-Through-FAST” Aganda.
Strangely enough, with the Democraps increasingly having problems mustering a 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the biggest problem is actually weak-kneed Republicans who seem to have misplaced their spines. And when you’re talking about senior statesmen and former Presidential candidate and frequent gun-rights supporter Richard Lugar (D-IN), it’s positively baffling.
WASHINGTON — The Senate sided with gun control advocates Wednesday by rejecting a measure that would have allowed people with concealed weapons permits to carry those hidden weapons across state borders.
And before anyone panics; this measure would NOT have allowed people to get on airplanes with a concealed weapon. But cab drivers in Connecticut taking a fare to New York would’ve been able to bring their sidearm, or tourists driving a state away to a national park.
Senators voted for the measure, 58-39, but it fell short of the required 60 votes for approval, based on a procedural agreement between Senate leaders.
It is an unusual setback for the gun rights side, which has been able to muster majorities of Republicans and pro-gun Democrats to move its agenda through both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Opponents say the concealed weapon proposal would force states with tough gun laws to accept gun-carrying visitors from states with weaker laws. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said that was not true and that gun-toters would have to follow the laws of the state they entered.
The gun proposal did not establish national standards for concealed weapons permits and would not have allowed those with permits to carry weapons into Wisconsin and Illinois, the two states that do not have concealed weapons laws.
So it would not have stepped on anybody’s toes — just streamlined the laws that already exist. Where’s the problem, Dick?
So far this year gun rights advocates have had some successes in Congress. They attached a provision to a credit card bill signed into law that restores the right to carry loaded firearms in national parks, and coupled a Senate vote giving the District of Columbia a vote in the House with a provision effectively ending the district’s tough gun control laws. House Democratic leaders, unable to detach the two issues without losing the support of pro-gun Democrats, abandoned attempts to pass the D.C. vote bill.
Ultimately, the measure was defeated because two veteran Republicans who frequently support gun rights voted against it. Both Indiana’s Richard Lugar and Ohio’s George were surprise “No” votes. Neither has explained their decision.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a pro-gun rights Democrat who faces a primary challenge next year in a state with strong gun control sentiments, also opposed it. “I strongly believe that the gun laws that are right for New York are not necessarily right for South Dakota, and vice versa,” she said..”
Those who opposed it, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre warned, “will see it reflected in support from their constituents.”
You may remember that Gillibrand is the winner of Hillary Clinton’s old Senate Seat from New York; and raised quite the kerfluffle when it was found out she’s a lifetime NRA member and actually sleeps with a gun under her pillow.
Ah well, another day, another hypocritical Democrat. What a surprise. But Richard Lugar — from the reddest of red states Indiana? I think Governor “My Man Mitch” Daniels needs to seriously think about b-slapping some sense into old man Lugar.
Senator Lugar is up for re-electtion in 2012, by the way. In fact, he’s inspired me to create a new tab at the top of this blog – the one titled “2012 Project”, which will document the things we need to remember about these RINOs come the next time they’re up for re-election. It will also document the seats where actual, honest-to-God conservatives are running for office.
Time to think about stepping down, Dick, if you’re going to ignore your constituents like a Democrat.