“The Senate has finally reached an agreement on guns,” a CBS news actor breathlessly announced Monday morning. Except the Senate hasn’t reached any agreement. Ten Republican Senators have agreed in theory to back a gun-control framework, which is lightyears away from agreeing to support an actual gun-control bill.
Once again, the legacy media is way ahead of the actual story; they are reporting what they want to happen, instead of what actually happened. Rather than reporting the truth, today’s media consistently pushes its own agenda, which in this case is their belief we need more gun control.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell deputized Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to negotiate with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other Democrats on gun-related measures following a string of high-profile mass shootings, including a massacre at an elementary school in Cornyn’s home state reported Zach Schonfeld of the Hill.
Cornyn and Murphy were part of the group of 20 senators who announced on Sunday a framework to provide incentives for states to implement “red flag” laws, increase funding for school security and mental health services.
However, we do not yet know what provisions of the proposal will be included in the bill, or even if there will be an actual bipartisan bill – meaning We the People still have the opportunity to exercise our constitutional right to petition the government and defeat any attempt to infringe our Second Amendment guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
To be clear, a bipartisan group of 20 Senators – 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats – led by Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), announced yesterday their support for a proposal, which is not a bill, observed Lee Williams of the Second Amendment Foundation.
The National Rifle Association said as much in a statement released Sunday night:
As is our policy, the NRA does not take positions on "frameworks". We will make our position known when the full text of the bill is available for review. The NRA will continue to oppose any effort to insert gun control policies, initiatives that override constitutional due process protections and efforts to deprive law-abiding citizens of their fundamental right to protect themselves and their loved ones into this or any other legislation.
The New York Times has surveyed the Senate and the vast majority of Republicans have opposed gun safety legislation for years, banding together to block its consideration or refusing to bring it up. Any deal in the 50-50 Senate would need the support of at least 10 Republicans, joining every Democrat, to produce the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster.
Most Republicans who have responded to The Times so far have either declined to take a position or signaled they would oppose the measures, citing concerns about infringing on the rights of gun owners. All but one Democrat is supportive; Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia backs a narrower bill to expand background checks that he has co-sponsored with Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania.
Here are the 10 Republicans who allegedly have agreed to the proposal:
John Cornyn (TX)
Thom Tillis (NC)
Roy Blunt (MO)
Richard Burr (NC)
Bill Cassidy (LA)
Susan Collins (ME)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
Rob Portman (OH)
Mitt Romney (UT)
Pat Toomey (PA)
Don’t assume this “framework” is a done deal. Rather than reporting the truth, today’s media consistently pushes its own agenda, which in this case is their belief we need more gun control. We urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators and Representative (1-866-220-0044 or 202-224-3121) and politely but firmly tell them you demand they vote NO on the Democrats’ unconstitutional gun bans and gun confiscation schemes and YES on hardening schools on the Israeli model.
CHQ Editor George Rasley is a certified rifle and pistol instructor, a Glock ® certified pistol armorer and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant, or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. A member of American MENSA, he served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.
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