So it appears a Republican lawmaker has been bought off to put his stamp on the new gun bill headed for the Senate.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is on the air in Pennsylvania Tuesday with a TV spot targeting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is in talks to sign on to a proposal that would require background checks for all commercial gun purchases.
Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is pulling its ads in Pennsylvania, citing Toomey’s work on compromise bill.
Sure appears to me that in exchange for the attack ads to stop he signed on with the Democrats.
What does this new gun ban do?
The proposal will allow a doctor to add a patient to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without ever telling the patient he or she has been added.
There would be no due process requirement. Not all doctors will be able to do it with the same ease, but many will. Knowing a doctor could add him to a federal database as mentally ill without his knowledge could potentially dissuade a patient from going to the doctor in the first place to get help.
Worse, if the doctor does so and makes a mistake, the patient would have to actively work through the system to get himself removed — guilty before being proven innocent. In some states, should a doctor flag you as having mental illness without your knowledge, you may very well see the state come collect your previously purchased guns.
It doesn’t stop there.
Toomey and Manchin will claim that their bill only covers “gun show sales” and Internet sales. But if you’ve ever talked about your gun and /or let it be known you’d like to sell or buy a gun on the Internet, this language covers you. If you advertise your gun in the church bulletin and the bulletin is put on the Internet, you’re covered.
The only exemption is for sales that are sold exclusively by word of mouth. The increased number of background checks would likely exacerbate the system breakdowns (inherent to NICS) which have shut down gun shows over and over again. It would mean that Americans who were illegally denied firearms because their names were similar to other people’s would effectively be barred from owning a gun. (We would never tolerate such delays for voting rights or other freedoms that we are guaranteed.)
And for those Republicans who think they’re going to be able to offer their useless amendments, guess what? Reid is reportedly going to use a procedure to block out all amendments (called an “amendment tree”). And there are plenty of Senators standing in line to make sure that the Senate doesn’t give “unanimous consent” to let those Republicans offer their amendments.
And not one of these intrusions into your 2nd Amendment rights would of stopped Newton….NOT ONE.
But maybe this is how health care costs will be reduced by Obama, prevent people from going to their doctor in the first place.
Meanwhile Obama and pals insist they won’t confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens.
John Doe, an upstanding professional with no outstanding criminal convictions and no history of violent action received a letter from the Pistol Permit Department informing him that his license was immediately revoked upon information that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety and had been prescribed an anxiety drug. He was never suicidal, never violent, and has no criminal history. The New York State Department of Health is apparently conducting a search of medical records to determine who is being treated for anxiety drugs and using this as a basis for handgun license revocation.
That’s in New York where everyone now knows your rights as a citizen of the United States are suspended once you cross city lines but with this new bill this kind of thing will go on in every state.
Any Republican that supports ANY kind of bill like this needs to hear from us, and that includes Senators who gives implied approval by not opposing it, for example Sen. Mike Lee. (Update-just heard Sen. Mike Lee say on Mike Levin’s show that he will invoke a 60 vote rule to get this bill out of the Senate)
Call senators immediately at 202-224-3121 and click here to send pre-written or free-form emails to senators about the Toomey/Manchin “compromise” (scroll to bottom to send).