“It hurts her. Elections are won in New Hampshire with the vote of independents, particularly independent women. Independent women will not favor a candidate who does not believe in background checks. Will it be the only issue? No, but it will be an issue.”
Kathy Sullivan, former head of the NH Dem party, on GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s vote against the Manchin-Toomey bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.
Ayotte is now being called NRAyotte.
Ayotte says she supports fixing the mental health system to prevent people from getting guns. But how would that work, other than through background checks? If someone is in a data base as being too mentally impaired to own a gun, how would a gun seller know that without doing a check? There are two steps here. First, you have to get them into a data base, and then someone has to access that data base before doing the transaction.
As the Manchin-Toomey bill for broader (not universal) background checks for gun sales appears headed for defeat, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tea Party-Texas) admits that the bill wouldn’t create a federal gun registry:
“I don’t disagree that on its face, the currently pending legislation does not purport to create a national gun registry.”
Indeed, the bill provides a 15-year felony sentence for any government official who keeps such records.
Oh, big whup — the debate on gun reform is going to proceed after a GOP filibuster attempt was defeated 68-31. And shame on you, Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas for voting with the GOP. That special circle in hell for cowards awaits.
Nothing like walking by your dead child’s room and thinking, “What a great victory to stop that filibuster.”
So we’ll get a debate on gun reform, we’ll get votes on gun reform, we just won’t get any real gun reform.
Broader background checks? Sure, a good thing if the Manchin-Toomey deal passes. But we need to deal with the semi-automatic weapons and large ammo clips, and that ain’t gonna happen. More dead kids? That’s definitely gonna happen.