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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 11, 2013 2:25 PM Flag

    U.S. Senate votes to move forward with gun control legislation

    April 11, 2013 12:15 pm
    By Tracie Mauriello / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    WASHINGTON -- An effort to reduce gun violence cleared a major procedural hurdle today with a 68-31 Senate vote that is expected to trigger a contentious and protracted floor debate pitting Second Amendment absolutists against gun control advocates next week.

    The vote broke a filibuster threatened by pro-gun Senate Republicans including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky but might not stop conservatives from using other procedural moves to stall voting.

    "Our hard work starts now," Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said immediately after the procedural vote. "We're going to have to vote on assault weapons. Some people love it, some people hate it but we're going to have to vote on it. We're also going to have to vote on the size of clips on magazines."

    First up will be an amendment by Pennsylvania Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who propose closing a loophole that currently allows gun buyers to bypass background checks for purchases made over the Internet or at gun shows. Debate on the amendment is expected Tuesday.

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said the Toomey-Manchin plan doesn't go far enough but it's a start.

    "It's a step in the right direction, and it will help us achieve a larger bipartisan compromise because background checks are only one part of a comprehensive strategy."

    That's the fear of conservatives who worry that expanded background checks will lead to other, more intrusive restrictions on gun ownership.

    Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted against proceeding to the bill, saying that government should focus on enforcing existing laws and that the legislation being proposed is a symbolic gesture rather than a proposal for substantive change.

    "Rather than put on a show and...


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    • Try and ask the criminals if this will cause them to cease their activities. Crime will not go down one iota because of this and it just tells you how weak Washington has become to make themselves feel good about passing an bill. Amazing an individual in Texas stabbed 14 students at an college near Houston Texas and the Government through TSA wants to allow you to carry an knife on the plane. Yeah that makes as much sense as this bill and sad that they won't even step up and enforce the current laws against crime.

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