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Throughout our history, there have been many times when Democrat and Republican lawmakers have come together to pass bills in a bipartisan fashion.
The House version of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was opposed by twenty-one of the Senate’s 67 Democrats. That bloc of Democrat senators filibustered the bill. A group of 27 Republican senators joined with 44 Democrats to end the debate on the bill on June 10. The Senate version of the bill which the House voted on saw both sides come together. Republican House members voted 136 yea to 35 nay to pass the bill. On the Democratic side, it was 153 yea with 91 voting nay.
In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was passed overwhelmingly by both parties in the House and Senate. According to Ballotpedia, “The Senate unanimously approved the bill on July 24, 1973. The U.S. House approved a version of the bill on September 18, 1973, by a 390-12 vote.”
There are many other instances of bipartisanship in DC such as the Social Security reforms passed in 1983 which then President Reagan signed, the 1986 Tax Reform Act, and The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (welfare reform).
But sometimes voting with the other party is very bad. And 14 Republicans just did something atrocious.
Democrats have been pushing gun grabs ever since they realized gun owners are the only thing in the way of their plan to rule America by fiat. They’ve been waiting for that one horrific mass shooting that they could use to push draconian gun control laws. And it came in Uvalde, Texas.
The Western Journal reported:
Fourteen Republicans sided with Senate Democrats Tuesday to advance a gun control bill opposed by the National Rifle Association. The 64-34 vote was the first procedural hurdle facing the legislation.
The NRA put out a statement on the bill which read:
We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners.
This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians. This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms.
The Journal continued, “But that was not how Republicans supporting the bill saw it.”
The GOP supporters were: Sens. John Cornyn of Texas; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Todd Young of Indiana; Joni Ernst of Iowa; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Susan Collins of Maine; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina; Rob Portman of Ohio; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Mitt Romney of Utah; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
The turncoat Republican senators gave their opinion of the bill.
Senator Cornyn said “Some think it goes too far, others think it doesn’t go far enough. And I get it. It’s the nature of compromise.” Cornyn headed up the group of RINOs who worked with Democrats on the bill.
“I believe that the same people who are telling us to do something are sending us a clear message, to do what we can to keep our children and communities safe. I’m confident this legislation moves us in a positive direction,” he continued.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, said the bill is “a commonsense package of popular steps that will help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
A statement by McConnell reads “As a long-time gun owner and strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I have been horrified by the recent spate of mass shootings and the link between mental health and gun violence.”
“I believe the legislation announced today has a very good chance of saving lives while at the same time protecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Unless you’re adjudicated mentally ill or a convicted violent criminal, your Second Amendment rights won’t be affected,” McConnell’s statement continued.
Senator Tom Cotton, who opposed the bill, responded by declaring “This bill won’t stop the violent shootings by deranged criminals. But it will restrict the freedoms of law-abiding Americans and put too much power in the hands of politicians and political officials.”
“Stopping gun violence starts with more funding for police and tougher sentences for the criminals who violate gun laws—not taking away due process from law-abiding gun owners,” Cotton continued.
Stopping gun violence starts with more funding for police and tougher sentences for the criminals who violate gun laws—not taking away due process from law-abiding gun owners.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 22, 2022
Republicans in the House were livid at the betrayal by their colleagues in the upper chamber.
Rep. Matt Gaetz called them traitors.
“Republican Senators who voted to back Red Flag Laws are traitors to the Constitution and our country.”
Republican Senators who voted to back Red Flag Laws are traitors to the Constitution and our country. pic.twitter.com/x2KeB01RHm
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 22, 2022
Rep. Jim Jordan made an extremely important point about red flag laws stating that they definitely can be used against law-abiding citizens if the government doesn’t like them.
“Don’t think Red Flag laws can be abused?
Just look at what our government did to parents at school board meetings.”
Don’t think Red Flag laws can be abused?
Just look at what our government did to parents at school board meetings.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 22, 2022
Rep. Gosar showed how red flag laws can be abused.
“Don’t be fooled: this is how Red Flag Laws actually work. Obviously, I am against them and I am FOR your 2nd Amendment rights.”
Don't be fooled: this is how Red Flag Laws actually work. Obviously, I am against them and I am FOR your 2nd Amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/pnmRIQmbS9
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) June 22, 2022
The vote comes as the Biden administration won’t say that it won’t stop AR-15 ammunition from being sold to the public from a major ammo plant.
The Journal report added:
The bill calls for tougher background checks for gun buyers between 18 and 21 and banning domestic abusers from owning guns, among other provisions.
Republican Sens. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania did not vote on the bill, Newsweek noted.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he hoped to pass the bill this week.
The Republican senators who voted for this bill have allowed Democrats to open Pandora’s Box. Democrats are the ones who back rioters and lawlessness. They were behind the move to defund the police. They’re the ones who are letting violent criminals out of prison via their Soros-backed attorney generals. They will use anarchy and violence to get their way, and the gun control bill is just the start of the disarming of Americans so they will be powerless to stop them.