BREAKING: Sources Report Senate Republicans Caving on Guns

By: Erick Erickson

Sources inside the Senate tell me that the Republican Conference is scared to death of the tactics of Senators Lee, Cruz and Paul – that it is supposedly putting them in a tough spot.

Several of the Republicans are using the Manchin-Toomey compromise plan as an excuse to cave on the gun filibuster.  They claim that Senators Lee, Cruz, and Paul are running ahead of the conference in their insistence on a filibuster.

What they fail to see is that the cloture vote is the vote to stop the gun legislation from passage.

Several Republican Senators intend to vote against the filibuster, but then vote against the overall bill. This is too clever by half. The GOP does not control the Senate as the GOP is want to say every time they don’t want to fight.

Their only power to block a gun control bill is to unite and filibuster.

Voting for cloture is voting for the gun control bill because, again, as the GOP reminds us, they are not in the majority.  The only way to stop it is to filibuster.

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Four GOP Senators Caving on Gun ControlImage

Infringement on 2nd Amendment rights isn’t going to happen without Republican support. But Pratt is available for interviews to point out four GOP Senators on the verge of caving to Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) (pictured) plans for an all out ban on private gun sales.

Find out who they are and what kind of threat such legislation presents when you book Pratt on your show.

“According to scholar John Lott,” explains Pratt, “8% of all gun purchases are currently blocked by the FBI. But, according to a recent study by the DOJ, only 1.8% of the 8% are blocked because they are ‘denied.’ That means that 6.2% are neither ‘denied’ nor ‘approved.’ However, because most gun sellers won’t sell a firearm under these circumstances, even after three days, these legal gun purchasers are permanently denied their constitutional rights by bureaucratic fiat.

Although the FBI is legally required to state a reason for blocking a gun purchase within five days, it NEVER complies with the law—daring purchasers, instead, to ‘sue us.’ Most purchasers lack the means to do just that.

What if one out of 17 lawful voters was illegally turned away from the polls? What if one out of 17 innocent men was illegally sent to prison? What if one out of 17 newspapers was shut down? None of these would be acceptable to anti-gun zealots who, with relish, deny the right of legitimate gun purchasers to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights one out of every 17 times.”

TALKING POINTS

  1. What is the most dangerous aspect of the current renewed gun-control push? Feinstein’s assault weapons ban? Schumer’s ban on private gun sales? Ammunition restrictions? Background checks?
  2. Why are some Republicans waffling on this?
  3. Among those, whose potential gun-control support surprises you the most?
  4. What are the odds that some of these bills pass—in particular, Schumer’s if he has these four GOP Senators in his corner?
  5. What do House Republicans have planned to “kill all gun control” legislation, and what should our audience do to support it?
  6. How is the GOA working to fight this gun-control movement that is getting steam in D.C.?

Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 30 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

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