Bribery, the NRA, and Cowardice Trump Gun Reform

Today, the U.S. Senate was unable to pass an amendment on gun legislation that would have expanded background checks on gun buyers over the Internet and/or at gun shows.  Mind you, a majority of senators did vote in favor of an amendment, but majorities don’t matter in the Senate—they need 60 votes, as usual, and they couldn’t get them because of Republican intransigence.

What is absolutely astounding, is that nearly 90% of all Americans were in favor of this legislation.  It wouldn’t have infringed on the rights of gun owners, prohibited certain kinds of guns, or place a limit on magazines or the kinds of bullets a person could buy.  No, all this very watered down amendment would have done is mandate that when someone wants to buy a gun at a gun show or over the Internet, we find out if that person was a criminal, mentally ill, or otherwise a danger to themselves or society at large, before we sell them a gun.  WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THAT?

Nothing.  Nothing at all.  But 46 senators—41 Republicans and 5 Democrats—voted against the amendment, effectively ending this Congress’ chance at any type response to our recent and bloody history with guns.

Before I get to the Republicans, let’s go ahead and call out the Democrats who voted against the bill, for no other reason than pure cowardice.  Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, voted no for procedural reasons so that he can potentially bring up the bill in the future, so he’s excused.  The following four are not: Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, who was just elected—meaning she had 5 years before she would have to worry about a backlash for this vote—voted no.  Mark Pryor, Democrat of Arkansas, voted no.  Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska, voted no.  And Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, voted no.

For those four, and the other 41 Republicans that voted no, know now that this vote will stain your lives as long as you draw breath on the surface this planet—if there’s an afterlife, rest assured you will burn in hell.  Your no votes will directly result in the deaths of innocent people.  Yes, people will die because of your actions today, so in that sense, you are facilitating murder.  And all for what?  So you could get elected again?  So you could avoid confrontation with the NRA?  So you could take their money?  You motherfucking assholes are the reason people hate politicians and have lost faith in the U.S. government.  Because even though 90% of us agree that this was a good law, and even after numerous, horrific mass killings—all with guns—you evil bastards couldn’t gather the guts to pass it.  Political job security and campaign donations were more important I guess.  You failed today.  Shame on you for your callous, slimy unwillingness to represent your constituents and the American people.  It’s one of the most disgusting, reprehensible things I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.

As for the rest of us, we now have a goal—we need to vote these people out of office.  We have to make it absolutely clear to every politician in this country, that when you don’t enact the will of the American people, you lose your job.  This has gone on now far too long, where a minority in the Senate controls the legislative outcomes for the entire country.  The Senate can’t confirm judges.  It can’t confirm nominees to secretarial posts.  It can’t even debate the major issue of our time, because it require 60 votes to debate the major issues of our time, and Republicans don’t want to do that.  The Senate can’t even pass a gun law that 90% of Americans favor.  What a joke.

Four actions every American needs to take following this vote:

1)   Know the names of the people who voted no for this bill.  Every single one of them should lose their job when their term is up.  Their names are listed below.

2)   We need a constitutional amendment that will end the systematic bribery of politicians in elected office.  Please visit http://www.movetoamend.org, freespeechforpeople.org, Bernie Sanders site and other advocacy websites for a constitutional amendment stating clearly that corporations are not people, and money is not speech.  We have to get corporate and lobbyist money out of our elections.

3)   Call your senator and demand an end to the filibuster in the Senate.  It’s time for the Senate to be ruled by the majority, not ancient rules and rituals that time and again stymie democracy.

4)   Quit the NRA.  If you aren’t a member, tell your neighbors and friends to stop being members.  Badmouth the NRA at every turn.  This happened because of the NRA’s power, which is why it’s all the more important that we get an Amendment to the Constitution to change the system of bribery that goes on in Washington.

Here are the names of the senators who voted no to expanded background checks:

1.            Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

2.            Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

3.            Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)

4.            Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)

5.            Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)

6.            Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)

7.            Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)

8.            Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)

9.            Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

10.          Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)

11.          Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

12.          Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)

13.          Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

14.          Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

15.          Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID)

16.          Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

17.          Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)

18.          Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)

19.          Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

20.          Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

21.          Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA)

22.          Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

23.          Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

24.          Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)

25.          Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)

26.          Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)

27.          Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

28.          Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)

29.          Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)

30.          Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)

31.          Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

32.          Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)

33.          Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

34.          Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

35.          Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)

36.          Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)

37.          Sen. James Risch (R-ID)

38.          Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)

39.          Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

40.          Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)

41.          Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

42.          Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)

43.          Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

44.          Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

45.          Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

All of the above, are greedy, fucking cowards, who will burn in hell.

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  • Reply Joe

    I am going to call the office of HARRY REID since I am still a tax payer in NV, what a spineless little worm. Procedural reasons my @##, do you know how many gun nuts there are in NV? there are literally advertisements for assault rifles on top of taxis. He would get slammed out of office if he turned on the gun nuts. He is using procedure as cover, he is a worm, but is very good at winning elections.

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