If there’s going to be a speedbump to stop the proliferation of gun control laws at the federal level, it’s in the Senate. While Republicans are on the losing end of a 50-50 tie, what with Vice President Kamala Harris being the tiebreaker, they still have options to kill gun control bills. Well, they have an option called the filibuster.
Yet that required almost every Republican in the chamber to stay in line, which might be easier said than done.
With at least one hearing on gun control bills starting, though, it’s a good time to make sure everyone knows what’s expected of them.
A Senate subcommittee led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday will hold the first in a series of hearings on ways to reduce gun violence, with Waterbury’s police chief participating as a witness.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on The Constitution will examine public health and law enforcement approaches to gun control. The panel will also look at community-based programs.
Blumenthal noted Connecticut’s restrictive gun laws but said only federal policies can truly address gun violence.
“States like ours with the strongest gun laws are still at the mercy of the ones with the weakest, because guns have no respect for state boundaries,” Blumenthal said. “That’s why we need federal solutions to stem the tide of gun violence — and that’s why the Senate Judiciary Committee is making this issue one of its top priorities this Congress.”
Blumenthal said his subcommittee has a broad mission to examine domestic violence, safe storage of firearms, immunity for gun manufacturers and other issues.
What Blumenthal needs to understand is that crime has no respect for state borders. Or national borders, for that matter. If you try and make guns impossible to obtain in the U.S., they’ll just start importing them from elsewhere.
I mean, where the hell do you think the drugs come from? What about human trafficking?
If you can smuggle people and narcotics across national borders, then just what do you think will keep guns out? All that will happen is that law-abiding citizens will be left defenseless against the tyranny of the thug.
This, of course, will allow people like Blumenthal to pass more laws that won’t really impact the problem but will restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens still further. Heaven forbid you actually go after the criminals or anything. Nope. They just want to treat us like crooks.
This is why the filibuster is so important and why no one should make it go away in the Senate. Yes, it’s a pain when it’s used against you, but it’s also the best way to stop such blatantly unconstitutional crap from slipping through the congressional cracks and further infringing on our Second Amendment rights.
Blumenthal will have his hearings, to be sure, and I’m quite certain we’ll hear a lot of stupidity uttered during those hearings. We’ll find plenty to write about, I’m sure.
In the meantime, let’s just say that none of those bills should ever reach the president’s desk.
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