Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the same congressman that blasted Barack Obama back in February for using fake Twitter message to fight for gun control, announced in a press release that he will automatically kill the Senate Democrats sweeping new anti-gun bill using a House "blue slip." This comes as three senators band together to filibuster the legislation.
So what is this "blue slip" you ask? According to the press release:
A "blue slip" is a resolution that automatically returns to the Senate any bill that violates the "origination clause" of the United States Constitution. The origination clause states "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives."
Blue slip resolutions are immediately considered as a matter of constitutional privilege, are debatable for an hour and are not subject to amendment.
"The Democrat gun ban is dead on arrival. I will introduce in the House a blue slip resolution that will automatically kill the Senate gun ban," said Stockman. "Not only are Democrats on the wrong side of public opinion, they are on the wrong side of the Constitution. You can't strip Americans of their gun rights, and you certainly can't do it by having the Senate create a national tax on firearms. They are in violation of constitutional limits on federal power."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)'s S 649 is a combination of three anti-gun bills (S. 374, S. 54 and S. 146). These three bills were quickly rammed through the Judiciary Committee without so much as a committee report. That's called tyranny ladies and gentlemen.
David S. Addington of the Heritage Foundation writes,
Title I of the Reid gun control bill purports to "fix gun checks." The proposed "fix" in section 122 of S. 649 is to take away an individual's right to sell or give away a firearm to another individual unless, in most cases, the individual (1) uses a licensed importer, dealer, or manufacturer to make the transfer of the firearm and (2) pays a fee to that importer, dealer, or manufacturer to make the transfer. The individual transferring the firearm is not actually receiving a service; the federal government is receiving the service. The service the government gets is a background check on the intended recipient of the firearm, because the law requires the importer, dealer, or manufacturer to run the recipient through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Forcing the individual to pay for the government-mandated service, which is in fact a service to the government, is in essence a federal tax on the individual. And the amount the individual pays as a fee is not limited by the legislation; section 122(a)(4) of the Reid bill enacts a new section 922(t)(4)(B)(i) of title 18 of the U.S. Code to grant to Attorney General Eric Holder the power to set the maximum fee by regulation.
Remember that this is the same thing the Socialist Democrats did with Obamacare and it was eventually upheld as constitutional, even though we all know it's not, as a tax. They are following the same approach; putting this legislation on a fast track, ramming it down the American people's throats and all to impose their will on the people. When they push any legislation like this forward in this manner, you can be sure it is bad for America. This is exactly why Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz(R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have determined to lead a filibuster which will educate the American people on the subject of the Second Amendment. It's also the reason that Rep. Stockman is doing what he can in the House to stop the Democrats' assault on the Constitution by using the blue slip.