In what our President called a "shameful day," the expanded background check failed to clear the Senate. The President blamed the bill's failure on lies from the pro-gun community...instead of the fact that the bill was a 2nd amendment infringing piece of trash that would no nothing more than to make life more inconvenient for law abiding citizens.
The President also forgets that his camp is the one who uses lies and half-truths to promote his platform--for example, here's a blurb that the press is running about the bill:
"The proposal would have expanded background checks to gun shows and Internet sales while exempting personal transactions."
Which is, of course, silly, because Internet sales and FFL sales at gun shows are already subject to background checks. The bill was actually aimed at restricting the in-state sale/trade of firearms between law abiding individuals, and would have forced them to go through the standard NICS background check in order to make the exchange.
So if I want to give my friend, who I know is not a felon or otherwise prevented from legally owning a firearm, an old shotgun for his b-day, I need Uncle Sam's say-so or I'm suddenly a felon.
And, of course, the bill would do nothing to prevent gun runners, drug dealers and would-be mass murderers from illegally selling guns in a parking lot at 2am, but hey, they've gotta throw something out there, right?
More lies from the Obama Camp--
"This pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a
purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and
that in turn intimidated a lot of senators."
Since when is millions of gun owners writing their representatives about supporting the 2nd Amendment "intimidation"? Isn't that what we do in a democracy? Or did Obama forget that this is not, yet, a dictatorship?
Of course, he places the blame squarely on the NRA, not the American people for pushing their Senators to vote "nay" on measures to restrict their freedoms. And look at how he paints his opponents as "an intense minority"--crazy fringe group in more diplomatic terms.
Anyways, since this isn't the last that we've heard of this bill, I'd say it's probably time to do some more of that writing. Those who voted against the bill are facing some heat now, while those who voted it for it need an earful from the "intense minority of gun owners."