January 4th, 2011 07:08 PM
Anti-gun Advocates In Senate Seek Rules Changes
Action would clear the way for semi-auto bans, guns show bans, gun licensing, and ammunition bans
Monday, January 3, 2011
Make no mistake about it: Procedure is power.
The reason we are not stuck with bans on semi-autos, gun shows and ammunition is because the U.S. Senate is structured so that whatever party is in the minority still retains procedural power to protect the rights of the citizenry against the "tyranny of the majority."
But on January 5, 2011, at the beginning of the new Congress, Senate Democrats are hatching a plan to decimate long-standing Senate rules in order to remove those protections.
The linchpin of the plan would be a ruling by Senate President Joe Biden that the Senate is not a "continuing body" and therefore has NO rules -- other than whatever 53 Democrats and Independents might unilaterally adopt.
At the core of their efforts will be an attempt to abolish the "hold letter" -- at least as it currently exists. Pro-gun senators have used "hold letters" in the past to kill proposed gun show bans, semi-auto bans, ammunition bans, gun licensing requirements, registration lists -- any number of anti-freedom initiatives.
Basically, a hold letter allows a single Senator to slow down movement on unconstitutional legislation, so that it can't be rammed through before the American people can voice their concerns.
Gun banners may also try to reduce the number of senators required to shut off filibusters of anti-gun measures. And they will do this in the expectation that the Second Amendment community has been preoccupied during the holidays and, thus, won't mobilize in time to stop the plan.
Again, procedure is power. The rules that currently exist in the Senate have been designed to slow down unconstitutional legislation -- and this is in keeping with our concept of checks and balances. Thus, not all rules changes are automatically bad, since anything that slows down the galloping herd of gun control is a good thing and should be supported.
To this end, Senator Jim DeMint may offer an amendment to the rules that would prohibit anti-gun legislation from being passed in the Senate, unless two-thirds of all senators vote to consider it. Now that's the kind of rules change that we can support!
ACTION: Contact your two senators, and tell them the following:
First, resist efforts by the anti-gun Left to abolish or amend the Senate rules on January 5 in order to make it more difficult to filibuster anti-gun measures.
Second, oppose any attempt to abolish "hold letters," which have been used by pro-gun senators to kill a number of anti-freedom initiatives.
Third, support the amendment to the Senate rules by Senator Jim DeMint that would prohibit anti-gun legislation from being passed in the Senate, unless two-thirds of all senators vote to consider it.
There are two different pre-written letters for this alert -- one for Republicans and one for Democrats.
If you use GOA's Legislative Action Center to contact your Senators, the correct pre-written letter will AUTOMATICALLY be chosen. If you choose to contact your Senators without going through the GOA website, then please make sure you choose the correct letter below for the correct Senator.
January 4th, 2011 07:17 PM
Do you seriously think any such anti- stuff would pass The House? I don't. Sleep well.
January 4th, 2011 07:40 PM
It can and WILL if you don't stand up and speak out!!
January 4th, 2011 08:17 PM
Definitely sent one off from their website. This kind of nonsense has a habit of sneaking up when we aren't looking....
January 4th, 2011 09:58 PM
If we don't keep watch all manner of vermin will be introduced.
January 4th, 2011 10:45 PM
The US senate is capable of passing nearly any kind of anti gun legislation that you can think of: They will do it with the support of 6-8 Republicans. In 2004 the US senate voted to extend the assault weapons ban. The vote was 52-47 in favor of extending the AWB. 10 Republicans voted to extend the ban and 6 Democrats, including Harry Reed, voted no.
January 4th, 2011 11:10 PM
The senate can play whatever games they want. The simple fact is any bill must be passed by both the senate and the house before it can become law. And of course any changes they make can also be used by our side when it suits us.
Infowars- Proving David Hannum right on a daily basis
January 5th, 2011 08:09 PM
I am sure that Marco Rubio and others that are hard core conservatives in Congress and Senate are NOT going to let this fly. Atleast we are probably safe for the next 2-3 years but we cant let guard down obviously.
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