Gabby Giffords keeps up efforts for Gun Control.

          The former Arizona Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, vwas shot in the head about 30 months ago. She recently met in New Hampshire with the parents of the children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. They gathered to talk strategy, how to get Congress talking about Gun Control again.

Giffords, a Democrat, has become the face of the Gun Control movement. She is still recovering from injuries incurred in a 2011 attack that killed 6 others. Her and her husband, Mark Kelly, have been travelling the nation encouraging states to defy the NRA. They are trying to gain traction for legislation to expand background checks. They would also like to push for legislation for Assault Weapons Bans and High Capacity Magazine Bans.

Giffords recently formed Super-PAC and related non-profit group have ambitious plans to expabd their political clout in 2014. The group is known as Americans for Responsible Solutions and they are expected to raise $20 million for political activities and ads for the next election and the next Gun Control Vote. Up to now New York City Mayor Micheal Bloomberg has provided much of the financial support for Gun Control advocacy. His group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has spent more than $12 million in an effort to pressure lawmakers in several states.

Despite Giffords and Bloomberg’s effort, they reportedly have not won any more votes in Congress. It seems as if the Bill has truly bogged down and will not move forward. In the lead up to the Manchin/Toomey Gun Bill vote, the NRA poured close to $400,000 into the Senators who voted against the bill. Republicans have been bashing Mayor Bloomberg for throwing his money around. It seems as if the NRA is uncomfortable going up against another lobbyist with just as much money.

Since Sandy Hook, over 4,500 have been killed by gun violence. Children have shot other children and people have been shot at gun shows. The NRA and other gun lobbyist use fear to mobilize gun rights activists. I am for children being able to live, as well as stopping at least some of the gun violence. If 20 murdered First Graders doesn’t sway Congress, what will? It seems they only support things when it hits close to home. I hope this is not what it takes, hopefully it won’t take another Elementary School massacre either.

What happens when a Congressman doesn’t listen to the NRA?

           Senator Pat Toomey is beginning to see the answer to that question. Toomey a Republican from Pennsylvania helped author the Manchin/Toomey Gun Bill, which of course was shot down, against NRA wishes. Before this he had an A rating with the NRA. Who are the NRA to rate any of our Senators? They are a lobbying group.

The Virginia based National Association for Gun Rights is running a smear campaign against Toomey for that Bill. The Bill required background checks on all gun sales, internet, gun shows and the classifieds. Current law only requires background checks on sales conducted by Federally licensed dealers. They are trying to connect Toomey with President Obama. They are attemptimg to connect him to the manufactured IRS, Benghazi and the NSA scandal. All of which have been proved fruitless. But Toomey is a conservative Republican who is on tge other side of most issues with President Obama.

Toomey now sees what Democrats deal with during each election cycle. Each election cycle the NRA and NAGR go into full attack mode. Portraying anyone who disagrees with their lobbying stance as trying to rob people of their Constitutional rights. All these Senators were trying to do was create sensible gun laws that might help prevent another massacre like Sandy Hook. Lobbyist attack Democrats for going to the bathroom the wrong way. This is what they mean when they say corporate America, politicians owned by corporations and lobbyist groups.

Republicans now on the other side of these attacks, now aren’t so convinced that Super-Pacs are right. They are also questioning the Citizens United decision. They haven’t felt the full effect of lobbyists and corporations trying to get you out of office. Maybe now Campaign Finance Reform can get done. Maybe this will help break the gridlock and help Gun Reform and Immigration Reform get done. But then again any Republican that goes against the grain finds themselves on the outside looking in. The Republican party looks to regress any progress made in America, how else do you explain their support of the Supreme Court gutting the Civil Rights Act. Republicans are beginning to dislike the system they created, it is now hurting them.

Despite Republicans best efforts to scandalize President Obama, they keep coming out looking worse than him.

                   President Obama does not have any friends in the Republican party. Republicans seem to despise him. They wanted to start impeachment precedings 7 weeks into his first term. 7 weeks! They didn’t have a reason, they just thought it was a good idea. Tea Party, the zealot wing of the Republican party, has called for his impeachment repeatedly.

               The IRS, AP and Benghazi “scandals” were like gold to Republicans. They thought for sure they were going to find something to hurt his reputation. Of course in their eagerness to get him, the Republicans make their own scandals. The Benghazi emails were doctored by the Republicans, don’t know who yet, to make the Obama administration look bad. Republicans lying, who would have thunk that. IRS could be bad, but there is not any evidence to connect the President to it and the AP subpoenas are actually supported by Republicans.

               Republicans screamed about high unemployment rate of 8%, he gets it down to 7.5% and Republicans change the subject. They scream about our rising deficit, but are suddenly quiet when they find out our deficit is shrinking. He tries to create jobs, Obama’s Jobs Bill, using ideas Republicans had and they shoot it down. They have voted 38 times to repeal the ACA, costing us over $50 million, but use the savings from it to balance Paul Ryans budget.

             Democrats propose Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazine bans and Republicans won’t even allow it to come to a vote. Manchin/Toomey Universal Background Check Bill was shot down by Republicans, although it was a piece of bipartisan legislation. They voted against VAWA , then claimed they voted for it.

               Republicans almost single handedly created the gridlock that grinds Congress to a halt. Many of the Republicans actions in my opinion are treasonous, they intentionally harm the country and people they are there to serve. The 2014 election should show the true direction of our country, I hope to see Republicans voted out of office.

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Senator Tom Coburn and his do it yourself background checks.

           If Senator Tom Coburn has his way, getting a background check could be as easy as printing an inyernet coupon. Coburn’s do it yourself background checks plan – would expand the number of gun sales covered by background checks but also make them more user friendly. Recently 41 Republicans and 5 Democrats voted to block the Manchin/Toomey background check bill from even receiving a vote. FILIBUSTERED AGAIN! It was endorsed by many gun control groups but opposed by the NRA. Of course in the U.S. lobbyest rule all.

                  Gun Control supporters question Coburn’s plan. Coburn himself is not sure whether he has enough votes to pass it. Coburn has one co-sponsor, Senator John Mccain, but the NRA has stayed silent on the proposal. What Coburn us proposing I believe defies reason. If we learn from mistakes, the Great Recession, we know that we cannot trust any for profit company to police themselves. We tried it once, why do it with weapons built to kill. One of the reasons the NRA and NRA supported Senators were against Universal Background Checks was because criminals would find a different way to get guns. In their opinion there is no sense in creating a law because criminals will break them. I guess the NRA are supporters of Anarchy. Despite the fail safes in this idea, I believe this is easier to get by.

            Here is how it would work. A gun buyer would log onto a Free Federal web portal and enter some personal information. If the buyer passes the background check, he or she would get a multi digit code, good for 30 days, to print out and take to the seller. That seller would use the same portal to confirm the authenticity of the background check. He believes the system would bypass the cost and recordkeeping requirements requiredby the current proposal. That system requires the involvement of a federally licensed arms dealer for sales at gun shows and over the internet. Coburn believes that forcing people to go to a licensed dealer would force gun sales into the shadows, where many already are.

                 Gun Control advocates say Coburn’s plan relies too much on voluntary compliance by private sellers. Like I said before, history shows that is a naive idea. There would also be no lasting record of a gun sale. Important, because if there is a crime committed using a gun, police can go to the gun manufacter and ask who.bought the gun. The manufacturer can point to the federally licensed gun dealer who would have a paper record of the sale. It is worrysome to put faith in a for profit seller, whose true motivation is to make profit. We need something stronger to protect the public.

             Republicans and Democrats need to come together on serious on Gun Reform. It is time for our elected leaders to work for the people not the lobbyist. It us a slap in every citizens face that the NRA somehow overcame 90% of the people to get their agenda across. We need to put these money hungry ,lying pigs in their place. Vote out those who voted against Gun Control in 2014. Lets show them the true power of the people.

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The good, the bad, the Republicans.

          There have been many bleak moments in the wake of the Great Recession. These are moments when you wonder if Republicans have a soul left. As a whole their morals have been compromised and right and wrong seem to mean little to them. Not just Republican lawmakers but their supporters as well. You cannot disagree or debate without them calling you names and veering from fact into supposition to blatant lies.

                   Republicans attacked then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi tragedy. But while attacking and blaming her they neglected to mention that they cut close to a half billion dollars out of the amount the Obama administration asked for to guard embassies. They say it was not a pressing issue. But it is when they have a chance to tarnish her image. Paul Ryans budgets and their blatant attacks on the poor, while cutting taxes for the rich. His budget repeals Obamacare yet keeps the money it saves to balance his budget, seriously.

               The blatantly lie to the American people. Republicans voted against VAWA yet tell people they voted for it, we can look these things up. They have tried to block, through the filibuster, anything Obama has tried to do. Yet they claim that they don’t abuse the filibuster, they have used it more with him in office than at any other time in history. They forced the Sequester, blamed Obama, yet said that it was what they wanted. Voted against raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women, and Obamas Jobs Bill. In the 2 years they held the majority in the House they created zero jobs, in fact they caused more job losses.

           But the absolute kicker is the Manchin/Toomey Gun Bill. This basically gave them everything they wanted, 90% of the American people wanted it, yet Republicans and 5 Democrats voted to filibuster it. These would have appeased the public. Yet they say they didn’t like it because it might create a gun registry. That us a LIE! OUTRIGHT BLATANT LIE! It explicitely said that anyone, federal agents included, caught creating a gun registry would get 15 years in prison.

           Universal Background Checks, Assault Weapon Bans and High Capacity Magazines were all shot down. This after 20 kids were shot at Sandy Hook. The parents of the children spoke to Senators and the Senators still voted along corporate lines. Now many are not even speaking with the parents now. What does that say about the morals of our esteemed leaders. They know they are wrong yet continue to do it. The indifference of good men creates greater evil.

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Why can’t we get Gun Control passed?

                  A well REGULATED Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed upon.

                That one sentence and 27 words included within it have been perverted by the NRA. The NRA which is a lobbyist group representing the gun manufacturers has threatened to withdraw support from any Congressmen voting for Universal Background Checks. 90% of Americans supported background checks, yet we could not get past a filibuster vote.

               When speaking with NRA supporters they seem to only know the second part of the 2nd Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed upon. They conveniently leave the word REGULATE out. Regulate means to control or supervise by means of rules and regulations. Why would the NRA leave that out? It doesn’t work in their favor, if course.

                If we are to regulate something, in most cases it is a government agency that would do so. So in thus case I believe the ATF would qualify. We already have a Militia, our National Guard. So we don’t need a militia. I don’t believe there have been any armed conflicts between states. Federal law is Constitutionally the law of the land. Either way according to the Second Amendment should be someone overlooking the weapons people have.

            Senator Kelly Ayote, who voted against background checks, said she did so because it might create a Gun Registery. Which the Manchin/Toomey bill expressly said if anyone, including government agents, did so they would be convicted and spend up to 15 years in prison. Here is what confuses me. We have to register our car, have insurance on our car and home, but we don’t have to register or have insurance on a gun. Guns were made to kill things.

               After Sandy Hook, where 20 kids were brutally massacred, I like most Americans believe something needs to be done. Special interests and lobbyist should not have more power than the people. I did not see anywhere in the Constitution where it said we couldn’t have a gun registery. Lets make one, legal gun owners have no worries, just criminals. No one is going to take your gun, they haven’t taken gas guzzling cars from people. People need to use their heads and not believe all the bolahna the NRA pushes. President Obama is on the right side, most Democrats are on the side of the people, while of course Republicans side with corporate cash. 90% of the people can’t be wrong.

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President Obama’s first hundred days of second term.

               President Obama’s first 100 days in office during this term has been pretty full. His attempts to get gun control passed, only to be halted by the obstructionist Republicans. He came out in support of gay marriage, VAWA, attempting to raise the minimum wage and eaqual pay for women. Every step has been met with Republican resistance.

               The Manchin/Toomey Gun Bill was a bipartisan piece of legislation that was decimated by Republicans and a handful of Democrats. Senator Harry Reid dropper the ball on filibuster reform. Tie filibuster has been a thorn in President Obamas side for 4 years and 100 days. It is near impossible to pass a bill when you need 60 votes just to talk about it.

                VAWA was a big issue that Republicans voted against, then said that they voted for it. He starts making a budget and the Republicans object to it before they know whats in it. They stick with Paul Ryans joke budget, that is filled with fake math.

           We had the Boston Marathon bombing, the first terrorist attack on the U.S. under his watch. They were picked up within 5 days and authorities just arrested 3 more people in connection to that. Although they are not arrested for taking part, bit for removing items from the Dzhokhar’s room.

           I think the biggest problem is the Sequester. President Obama told the Republicans it would have negative affects on the economy, jobs and the American people. They can’t agree with Democrats on anything but get a bill done to halt airport delays in less than 2 weeks. President Obama should find other ways to inconvenience conservatives to get more things done. The Republicans subscribe to austery all of a sudden, look at Europe to see how that works.

            It has been a tough first hundred days. But President Obama is a good man, as well as a good President. He will get these things done, or will just take time. He has tried to work with Republicans, they inherently refuse. There cannot be a one sided compromise. The next hundred days will he stronger and things will get done.

           

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