Skip to comments.Dr. Coburnís Statement on Manchin-Toomey Proposal
Posted on 04/14/2013 8:59:36 PM PDT by oxcart
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding a proposal by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to expand background checks for gun purchases:
The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan. The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens. The agreement also prioritizes collecting records over protecting citizens. As gun control special interest groups admit, the proposal expands the governments powers to record sales of firearms at the expense of expanding the scope of background checks. This is the wrong approach. Preventing sales to dangerous persons, not collecting receipts, will save lives.
The proposal also unwisely expands the governments power to regulate and control the sales of firearms. A government takeover of gun shows will open more loopholes than it closes. Instead of paying a gun show tax, gun owners will simply handle those transactions elsewhere. The Manchin-Toomey proposal, unfortunately, trades a workable way to improve access the NICS database for a system that is not workable and will be extremely difficult to pass Congress and become law.
I entered these talks because I believe the American people want a common sense policy that respects their Second Amendment rights and freedoms while giving them the tools they need to make sure they arent transferring a firearm to someone who will be a threat to themselves or others. I intend to offer a substitute amendment based on many previously agreed to bipartisan reforms gun control advocates abandoned. For instance, Ill propose a consumer portal that would facilitate access to the NICS database at not just gun shows but for virtually all private sales. While the Manchin-Toomey proposal is flawed, I commend them for their effort and look forward to the full and open debate the American people deserve.
Why the hell don’t they just stay out of lives in the first place?
his basic rejection of this is that it doesn’t do something the right way.
i would have rather it came out and opposed it due to the “shall not be infringed” constitutional principle.
this is the best we can hope for from most, and that’s both a massive problem and a great sadness.
Now is this the same Tom Coburn that voted to kill a filibuster in the Senate? Jerk.
Yes, he voted with the demonic-rats.
What the hell is he talking about? If he thinks the Manchin-Toomey bill is so bad, which it is, then why the hell did he vote yes on it?
Typical politician double talk. If he thinks manchin-toomey is so bad, which it is IMO, why the hell did he vote for it. And when did senator Coburn flip from being a constitutional conservative?
See the answer in post no. 4.
Gun grabber legislation from the get-go.
May OK people have moved sharply to the left this year, and Coburn knows it! Or maybe Coburn has moved left, and the people of OK don’t know it.
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