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2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:36AM #1
bertram
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While all the drama unfolds with Cohen and Trump, Dems put forward and pass significant control control...

From Yahoo News:



"With Democrats back in control, the House passed the most significant piece of gun control legislation in more than two decades Wednesday.


By a vote of 240-190, the House approved a bill that would require background checks on all gun sales in the United States. Currently, only licensed firearm dealers have to perform background checks, and unlicensed dealers ― such as those at gun shows ― can sell a gun without going through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


Eight Republicans joined all but two Democrats in support of the bill, and the measure will now go to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not committed to bringing the bill up for a vote, and it likely doesn’t have the 60 senators it needs to make it to a final vote.


But the bill passing the House Wednesday marks a significant turn in its own right. The last gun control measure to pass the House was in 1994, the sweeping Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that banned a number of semi-automatic weapons. And though Democrats have repeatedly tried to pass other gun control measures when Republicans controlled the House ― Democrats actually first introduced the legislation as a response to an attack on former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) ― they were unable to get up-or-down votes on a bill in recent years.


But support in Congress has been mounting for stricter gun laws. While the new Democratic majority in the House made passage of the background checks bill possible, the eight Republicans who supported the bill Wednesday show how the gun issue isn’t falling as neatly along partisan lines..."

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:38AM #2
GottaGoToMo
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It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:47AM #3
newinn
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Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




they can't be responsible for what the Senate does or doesn't do. They just can do their job.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:54AM #4
bertram
Posts: 13,717

Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




A sizable majority of Americans are in favor of more stringent background checks.  Dems are forcing the Republicans to go on record.  The GOP opposes it at its own peril.  And doesn't their leadership have enough problems already without adding another one?

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:55AM #5
bertram
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Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:47AM, newinn wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




they can't be responsible for what the Senate does or doesn't do. They just can do their job.




Exactly...

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:57AM #6
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 79,885

Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:54AM, bertram wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




A sizable majority of Americans are in favor of more stringent background checks.  Dems are forcing the Republicans to go on record.  The GOP opposes it at its own peril.  And doesn't their leadership have enough problems already without adding another one?




It's well known that Republicans are against background checks ... this will be nothing new ... would prefer to see Democrats create bills that have a halfway decent shot of getting through the Senate.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 11:58AM #7
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 79,885

Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:47AM, newinn wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




they can't be responsible for what the Senate does or doesn't do. They just can do their job.




There job is to create bills that have some kind of chance getting through the Senate ... not just playing politics so they can show the Republicans won't back it ... they are just playing politics ... nothing to get excited about here.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 12:02PM #8
bertram
Posts: 13,717

Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:57AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:54AM, bertram wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




A sizable majority of Americans are in favor of more stringent background checks.  Dems are forcing the Republicans to go on record.  The GOP opposes it at its own peril.  And doesn't their leadership have enough problems already without adding another one?




It's well known that Republicans are against background checks ... this will be nothing new ... would prefer to see Democrats create bills that have a halfway decent shot of getting through the Senate.




Well, the Republican politicians who are on the NRA take are certainly against it.  But the ironic part is that a majority of NRA members are also in favor of more thorough checks on all gun sales.  A poll of them last February showed 74% in favor, as a matter of fact.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 12:03PM #9
GottaGoToMo
Posts: 79,885

Feb 28, 2019 -- 12:02PM, bertram wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:57AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:54AM, bertram wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




A sizable majority of Americans are in favor of more stringent background checks.  Dems are forcing the Republicans to go on record.  The GOP opposes it at its own peril.  And doesn't their leadership have enough problems already without adding another one?




It's well known that Republicans are against background checks ... this will be nothing new ... would prefer to see Democrats create bills that have a halfway decent shot of getting through the Senate.




Well, the Republican politicians who are on the NRA take are certainly against it.  But the ironic part is that a majority of NRA members are also in favor of more thorough checks on all gun sales.  A poll of them last February showed 74% in favor, as a matter of fact.




190 in Congress voted against it ... that shows you how much the Republicans are against it ... they will for sure all stand against it in the Senate ... Democrats are wasting their time with bills like this ... why didn't they try to get this kind of bill passed when they had the House and Senate when Obama first won.

2 years ago  ::  Feb 28, 2019 - 12:09PM #10
bertram
Posts: 13,717

Feb 28, 2019 -- 12:03PM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 12:02PM, bertram wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:57AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:54AM, bertram wrote:


Feb 28, 2019 -- 11:38AM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


It's hogwash because it will never get past the Senate.




A sizable majority of Americans are in favor of more stringent background checks.  Dems are forcing the Republicans to go on record.  The GOP opposes it at its own peril.  And doesn't their leadership have enough problems already without adding another one?




It's well known that Republicans are against background checks ... this will be nothing new ... would prefer to see Democrats create bills that have a halfway decent shot of getting through the Senate.




Well, the Republican politicians who are on the NRA take are certainly against it.  But the ironic part is that a majority of NRA members are also in favor of more thorough checks on all gun sales.  A poll of them last February showed 74% in favor, as a matter of fact.




190 in Congress voted against it ... that shows you how much the Republicans are against it ... they will for sure all stand against it in the Senate ... Democrats are wasting their time with bills like this ... why didn't they try to get this kind of bill passed when they had the House and Senate when Obama first won.




That is an interesting point.  For starters, the Dems only had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate for a few weeks, so the non-stop obstruction and delaying tactics that McConnell and the GOP caucus were putting up limited Dem efforts on passing anything...making it barely possible to even get a weakened ACA passed.  The groundswell is growing now on guns in the wake of so many mass shootings and so many children dying.  Enough is enough...significant steps must be taken to stem the slaughter.

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