Since the horrific crime in Connecticut took place on Dec. 14, Democrats have paraded their plans for banning various categories of guns and gun shows across the national stage. Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) seems sure of herself, as do her two recent converts, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Warner (D-VA).
However, we must remember that none of this is a done deal -- it's not even close -- and that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) can stop these gun grabs in their tracks when the legislation reaches the House.
And Boehner needs to know that that's what conservatives expect him to do.
The time for going along to get along has long past, because Democrats have proven willing to go along only with that which includes doing away with our constitutionally protected freedoms.
Other members of the GOP House leadership also need to know that this is what conservatives expect.
Even as I type this post, a friend who happens to be a military officer is emailing me from Utah to say there is widespread panic in that state as they anticipate the proposed bans. But we don't need to panic. Rather, we need to be diligent by holding our respective House Members' feet to fire (and Speaker Boehner's feet as well).
Republicans can stop this push as soon as it reaches the House.
There is a Congressional election in less than two years, and we each need to make it clear that conservatives will not be voting for any House member who lacks the courage to support the constitution at such a time as this.