Skip to comments.WI:Ron Johnson: Why I Voted No On the Gun Bill
Posted on 04/25/2013 6:54:58 PM PDT by marktwain
The images coming from Newtown last fall were nothing less than a nightmare come true. Every American was saddened and disturbed by the actions of a seriously disturbed young man who shot his way into a school and committed mass murder.
Immediately afterward, President Obama announced that Vice President Biden would lead a "comprehensive" review of the causes of this kind of senseless violence. Most Americans supported a complete conversation to determine the root causes.
Unfortunately, what could have been a meaningful conversation possibly leading to effective measures designed to better protect Americans was quickly hijacked by the anti-gun lobby. Instead of a comprehensive approach, they singularly focused on gun control and resurrected a call for the previously tried and failed banning of scary looking pistols, rifles, shotguns, and various forms of ammunition.
Democrats in the Senate eventually realized that gun-grabbing legislation was not going to pass, so they introduced a bill that would do little, or nothing, to reduce the violence - but would infringe the rights, increase the costs, and significantly inconvenience law-abiding citizens. Background checks are already required in most commercial gun sales. The bill from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) would have extended them in a number of intrusive ways.
For example, the bill would have made it a crime for you to give a gun to your nephew as a gift, or lend a rifle to your cousin for deer season, without first paying for a background check. It also would have required a federal record of every firearm sale - recording who was the buyer and what was purchased.
These are infringements on the rights of law-abiding gun owners rights so crucial to our freedom that the Founding Fathers put them in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Manchin-Toomey amendment was also fatally
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Johnson is one of the better Senators.
he also used the term “anti gun lobby” - which is another term few use, and a nice comeback for those who said this was the “gun lobby” versus America. For a blue state, Wisconsin gave us a great Senator (for the most part)
Senator Johnson is perhaps the best thing to come out of the 2010 elections, other than the GOP retaking the House.
I hope he can win reelection in 2016. It’ll be tough in a Presidential year with the Democrat (Hillary) Presidential nominee likely winning Wisconsin.
I agree ... he’s been amazingly good for a WI Republican.
That depends if they find an opponent but yeah, he’s up against it.
A little more than a year ago, people were laughing at the prospects of this commie beeotch actually winning. We're not laughing now.
Shocking that the Senate campaign for Tommy Thompson and virtually every other critical seat was so God-awful in 2012. That should have been an easy pickup.