GUN CONTROL DEFEAT IN SENATE MUSTERING ONLY 54 VOTES 6 SHORT OF THE 60 NEEDED TO OVER COME A FILIBUSTER A CHANGE IN RULES NEEDED?
Filed under: Filibuster, Gabby Giffords, Gun Control, Mitch McConnell, Newtown Parents, Obama, Senate, VOTE
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?
WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID: (AT 4.25: Note Gabby Giffords and Newtown Parents On The Podium.)
WHAT SENATE MINORITY LEADER MCCONNELL SAID:
Despite the fact that the majority of Americans support changes in gun laws a minority of elected senators chose to vote against the Administrations bill for a ban on assault weapons, smaller clips and background checks. This occurred after the National Rifle Association announced it would score the vote as to whom they would oppose in the next election.
Even though a majority voted for the passage of the bill there were not enough votes to overcome a threatened filibuster by the minority. However instead of requiring the opposition to actually take the floor and speak on why they opposed the bill they only had to register their vote without speaking on the floor in a filibuster as once was required. This quid pro quo between the two parties: the Democrats don’t require it for opposition to their bills and the Republicans do likewise could have been changed in January but it was not, perhaps the Democrats feared that one day they would be in the minority and then be unable to block a distasteful bill.
However when a minority driven by fear of being given a negative score by the NRA votes against the will of the majority of American people as expressed in the polls an exception should be made requiring those in opposition to take the floor, subject to rebuttal, and express their reasons for opposing gun control. This way the public would know exactly who they are and the reasons for the negative votes and it might change voters’ minds in their home states as to whom they want to elect.
C-Span would cover it fully and the cable and broadcast media would cover the speeches for all to see. Then maybe the power of a small lobbying group like the NRA would be broken and we would have government of the people by the people.