On Tuesday night, fourteen Republican senators abandoned their constituents by voting to approve a gun control bill that gives Democrats their wish list for gun control.

Last week, nine Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s choice for a chief negotiator, Sen. John Cornyn, pledged to pass restrictive gun legislation. Sens. Pat Toomey was not present, but when the “bipartisan” group of senators finally produced the hurried bill’s text, Republican Sens. Joni Ernst, Todd Young, Shelley Moore Capito, and Lisa Murkowski worked with the bill’s authors to speed it through the upper chamber and then to the House of Representatives.

Adding to the GOP senators who vote in favor of Democrats were Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Susan Collins of Maine; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina; Rob Portman of Ohio; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; and Mitt Romney of Utah.

In a 64-34 vote, the Senate voted to begin debate on an ambitious rewrite of the nation’s firearm laws.

According to Newsweek, Cornyn led the Republicans in working with Democrats to craft the bill saying, “Some think it goes too far, others think it doesn’t go far enough. And I get it. It’s the nature of compromise.”

“I believe that the same people who are telling us to do something are sending us a clear message, “ he added, ”To do what we can to keep our children and communities safe. I’m confident this legislation moves us in a positive direction.”

The bill actually has a ton of ambiguous wording concerning “dating partners” and “red flag” regulations, which permit law enforcement to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they are deemed a danger to others or to themselves. These laws might be readily abused by partisan bureaucrats.

While Democrats and their allies in the corporate media have hailed this bill as the most significant gun legislation since 1994, the senators who are pushing it have offered scant evidence that provisions like “enhancing” background checks on gun buyers under 21 will actually deter criminals from committing crimes that are already against the law.

That’s why pro-Second Amendment groups such as the National Rifle Association strongly opposed the legislation as soon as the full text was released.

Here’s what the NRA said in a statement:

“This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians. This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms.”

A majority of the Senate GOP conference appeared to agree.

The bill was opposed by 34 Republican senators in all, who claimed that it violated the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Numerous others also complained that they were not given enough time to study the text or cast their votes.

Here’s what Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican said:

“Here we are voting to move on a bill negotiated entirely behind closed doors, released only an hour ago, that no one has had time to fully read, that ignores the national crime wave and chips away at the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Republican opponents are expected to use an arsenal of legislative procedures to slow down consideration of the bill.

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Sources: Westernjournal, Wbznewsradio, Foxnews, Thehill

 

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