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The 16 Republicans Who Voted Against The Filibuster

In response to Schumer-Toomey Gun Control Bill Gets 68 Votes for Cloture; Now Passes to Full Senate for Lay-Up Passage:

Via Roll Call: 

The Republicans who voted against the filibuster are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, John McCain of Arizona, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Remember the names. This is not a harmless bill.

One of the more egregious sections of Senate Bill 649 makes victims of crimes, criminals who could be fined, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

Via Karl Denninger, Market Ticker: 


(a) In General- Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end--
'(aa) It shall be unlawful for any person who lawfully possesses or owns a firearm that has been shipped or transported in, or has been possessed in or affecting, interstate or foreign commerce, to fail to report the theft or loss of the firearm, within 24 hours after the person discovers the theft or loss, to the Attorney General and to the appropriate local authorities.'.
(b) Penalty- Section 924(a)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:
'(B) knowingly violates subsection (a)(4), (f), (k), (q), or (aa) of section 922

As Denninger notes, this will lead to thousands of annual prosecutions of people who are claimed not to have reported "within 24 hours" their "alleged knowledge" of the theft.

The bill is also written in such a way that gun retailers could be punished if straw purchases have taken place in their store, even if the retailer was unaware of the transaction. 

It's also feared that the loose language in the bill allows for the beginnings of a national gun registry and would turn ordinary gun owners into felons.

A poll of 15,000 cops on guns found that law enforcement officers overwhelmingly believe the Senate gun control bill would be ineffective at best and detrimental at worst:

Asked whether a federal ban on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds would reduce violent crime, 96 percent said no.

Asked whether a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce violent crime, 61 percent said it would have no effect.

 Respondents were almost three times as likely to say the ban would make violent crime worse (21 percent) as to say it would help reduce it at all (8 percent).

Asked about the impact of the president's proposed legislation on police officers' safety, respondents were twice as likely to say the bill would make them less safe (25 percent) as to say it would make them more safe (12 percent).

Asked what would be the best way to prevent future mass public killings, a plurality (29 percent) said "more permissive concealed carry policies for civilians."

The Senate bill is likely to face another filibuster attempt before any vote on final passage.


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