>Anyone who joins the NRA right now is a friggin' idiot. If there was
>ever an organization that had gone awry, this is it. Depending on the
>poll, between 70 and 90% of the American people want mandated
>background checks on all gun sales and yet the NRA vehemently opposes.
>I venture to guess that many members will cancel or allow their
>memberships to lapse after this round of stupid lunacy.
>It's not the members. 74% of the NRA membership support universal
>background checks. The nut case is Wayne LaPierre who happens to get
>all the media publicity. BTW ... he's not even the President of the
>NRA. He performs the roll of CEO and is the national spokesman and
>loud mouth. Problem is he doesn't present membership views ... only
>As often said, "Don't judge a book by it's cover".
>I am beyond disgusted with the group of Republicans who refuse to even
>hold a simple vote and are threatening to filibuster any gun control
>bill. They are claiming that the Democrats might try to sneak in a
>couple of amendments that they couldn't support, so therefore no
>Can't they read? If they don't like the bill vote no. But at least
>do your jobs and vote.
As you well know, Democrats are sneaky. I support background checks, but not a lot of the bullshit
that's in the Maryland approach.
There seems to be some doubt about the Republican filibuster. I like the idea of bringing it to a
"If you filibuster, you spare vulnerable Democrats who are up for reelection next year the sweatiest
moment of all an up-or-down final vote on the bill. You might very well get a united GOP caucus
opposing that, which means it would take only six Democratic votes to kill the whole thing and
utterly humiliate Obama. Worth a gamble? Besides Pryor and Begich, you ve got a fair shot at getting
Baucus, Landrieu, and Kay Hagan. Then you only need one more. Mark Warner? Jeanne Shaheen? Maybe Jay
Rockefeller, who s retiring? The odds are slim that Reid can t hold 51 together in the name of not
turning Obama s gun-control push into a fiasco, but since, as Maguire says, the bill would almost
certainly be DOA in the House, you have little to lose by making him try. In fact, if you re worried
about O using the obstructionist Republicans talking point to hurt the GOP next year, you could
argue that it s better to let the bill pass the Senate and then die in the House, since that
complicates Obama s message."
'Name-calling' - the liberals' last stand.