Anti-gun Senate Democrat Puppets Dance on Chuck Schumer’s Strings
The Senate just had its first big test on guns in the 115th Congress.
And with one exception, every single Democrat voted anti-gun.
The vote was on the confirmation of GOA ally Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General.
With the exception of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, the successful 52-47 vote was otherwise completely party-line, with Republicans voting for the Second Amendment, and Democrats opposing it (Sen. Sessions abstained).
As a senator from Alabama, Sessions had been one of that chamber’s most pro-gun votes.
Most recently, Sessions led the fight which killed the anti-gun sentencing bill. That legislation would have created mandatory 5-year minimum sentences for gunsmiths who didn’t get a $2,250 gun license.
It would also have increased prison sentences by 50% for gun-owning veterans caught up in the Veteran’s Disarmament Act.
Senator Sessions has been a long-time supporter of national constitutional carry reciprocity and due process for veterans — and an opponent of unconstitutional “no-fly no-buy” and background check/gun registry legislation.
We had expected endangered Democrats from pro-gun states who are up in 2018 to pretend to be pro-gun — at least for the next two years.
These include Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Joe Donnelly from Indiana, Jon Tester from Montana, Claire McCaskill from Missouri, Bill Nelson from Florida, Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow from Michigan, Sherrod Brown from Ohio, Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, and Angus King from Maine.
Instead, these anti-gunners danced on the end of Chuck Schumer’s strings — apparently more indentured to Washington’s Leftists than to their own constituents.
This is particularly notable since all of these anti-gun Red State Democrats (if they were in the Senate at the time) also dutifully voted for political hacks Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — both of whom spent their tenures trying to shred the law and the Constitution in order to go after gun owners.
As we said, anti-gun icon Joe Manchin is apparently making a frantic effort to save his seat among West Virginia’s increasingly hostile electorate. That said, the gun-control supporting Manchin immediately announced that he would oppose the HHS nomination of Tom Price — apparently because Price wants to repeal the anti-gun ObamaCare program.
A humorous political sidebar was the Left-wing Elizabeth Warren, who spent an hour throwing insults at her fellow senators until an almost infinitely tolerant Senate finally had had enough — and forced the startled Warren to shut up and sit down.
So it’s going to be a fun two years. Perhaps as many as eleven or twelve Democrats up for reelection in pro-gun states are effectively telling their constituents to “drop dead.” Our guess is that it’s these twelve whose political careers that are dead.