As the Senate is looking at a sweeping gun control measure that clearly violates the Second Amendment and infringes on the rights, yea the duty of the people, the House is also participating in its own little version of gun control and it's being headed by Republicans. Apparently John Boehner and company don't understand that little section which reads, "shall not be infringed" as they focus on gun control targeting mental health.
As the Senate prepares to debate a gun-control bill for the first time in two decades on Monday, Republicans in the House of Representatives are devising ways to delay and weaken gun legislation they see as limiting Americans' right to bear arms, congressional sources say.
Some Republican lawmakers and strategists are urging House Speaker John Boehner to kill any gun-control bill passed by the Senate by refusing to take action on it.
But the Republican speaker is planning what could be a months-long review of the bill that likely would involve chipping away at gun-related measures in the plan while pushing for proposals to identify and treat the mentally ill as the best hope for a compromise plan to reduce gun violence.
The first line of the Reuters article tells us all exactly what we need to know. The leaders in the Republican led House believe that gun control limits Americans' right to bear arms. They are correct in that. However, instead of standing up and declaring they are not going to even consider any legislation sent to them by the Senate concerning gun control, which they have no Constitutional authority to engage in anyway, they are merely "devising ways to delay and weaken" the legislation.
I'm telling you right now that this idea of focusing on mental health is a problem. I have given you at several cases about how this goes seriously wrong in society, including one that took place recently in New York where a librarian's guns were confiscated and his gun permits revoked, only later to have the New York State Police admit they made a major error. I have told you about attempts to put a stigma on our veterans with PTSD and by doing so confiscate their guns as well. I have even pointed out where legislation is being devised that requires your doctor to snitch on you to the Feds.
"There's a national expectation that this issue's going to be treated seriously, that the Congress is not going to ignore it or have a sham debate or have a few guys in the back room make a deal," said Representative Tom Cole (R-OK).
"This is a very emotional issue, and no matter which side people are on, they need to know that the Congress takes it seriously and that every idea gets a fair hearing and an open debate and eventually a vote," Cole said.
It is an emotional issue. This is why we have law, so that emotion is not brought into this issue. This is why we have an unemotional Constitution that is supposed to be supported an defended instead of undermined due to emotionally driven politicians.
There is at least a gleaming ray of hope in the House. Republican strategist Rick Wilson said "The rank-and-file in the House wants absolutely (nothing) to do with this."
Representative James Lankford (R_OK) said, "The House is going to try to look at what are the issues that we're trying to solve, rather than trying to say, 'We did something.'"
While I appreciate that some Republicans are not buying into this at all, which is good news and I wholeheartedly support them in that stand, I'm not going to hold my breath when it comes to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). This guy has sold us out so many times it isn't funny and the fiscal cliff deal was only the latest in a long line. Not only did he claims that he didn't need a majority of the GOP to pass gun control, but even the House Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the same thing.
If they will not listen, perhaps they will listen to the sound of thousands of gunshots on April 18, 2013 at midnight reminding them of what the British received when they attempted to control the people's arms.
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