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Support For Gun Bill Filibuster Grows To 14

Today, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, announced that a total of 13 senators had signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid threatening to oppose "any legislation that would infringe on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms." 

Fox News reported:

Lee, along with Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have led efforts to hold up the legislation, which could come up for debate as early as this week. They would do so by trying to require a 60-vote threshold, which could kill the legislation. 

Senators returned Monday from a two-week spring recess, and negotiators are hard at work trying to refine and prep a bill for consideration.  While Lee, Paul, Cruz and others dug in on their objections, other moderates and conservatives have indicated a willingness to consider the package. 

Meanwhile, at today's press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney accused the hold-outs of trying to "hide" behind the filibuster. But who's hiding behind who, here?:

"Imagine what would they say to the families of the victims of Newtown about why a certain measure never came to a vote, because they filibustered. ... That would certainly be inappropriate."

Carney suggested any lawmaker who applauded for Obama on the issue of gun violence victims "when the cameras were on" during the State of the Union address should "live up to that applause ... and not take the less courageous route by using procedural measures to block a vote." 

He added: "If they oppose this legislation, have the courage to say so on the floor and vote no. Don't block it. Don't hide behind a procedural action to prevent the vote." 

Parroting today's Obamacrat gun control talking points,  Senator Reid said:

"Many Senate Republicans seem afraid to even engage in this debate," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday on the Senate floor. "Shame on them."

Yes, according to Jay Carney, and Dingy Harry, the less courageous and shameful route is facing down the entire Democrat media complex's emotion based gun control demagoguery and standing up for the 2nd Amendment. 


Later in the day, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would join a group of Republicans threatening a filibuster, bringing the total to 14. 

“While nobody knows yet what Senator Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid Bill (S. 649), Senator McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill,” McConnell spokesman John Ashbrook said in a statement.

McConnell joins a group of 13 senators who have already vowed to block any gun legislation.


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