“On Tuesday morning, hundreds will gather as they do each year to affirm allegiance to the right to bear arms, an event organized by the state’s arguably number one conservative lawmaker, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County.” You can almost hear philly.com’s John Baer’s head shaking in disapproval as he banged that out on his keyboard. He made sure to put illustrate how ill-timed and inappropriate the whole thing is in the very next sentence. “This year’s event comes less than a week after a majority of U.S. senators supported but (because of Senate rules) failed to adopt a measure expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases,” . . .
The event is held on the Capitol steps and serves each year as a reminder that any effort to get any gun control measure through the Legislature faces insurmountable odds in the form of strong bipartisan opposition.
This year it coincides with efforts to match the attempt at the federal level to expand background checks.
Still, the the GOA’s Larry Pratt will be there to deliver a stemwinder, along with various Pennsy pols looking to cement their pro-2A bona fides in the minds of the state’s voters.
If history is a guide — and in Pennsylvania is usually is — the measure (to close the gunshot “loophole”) has less chance of passage than the measure proposed in Congress. And PA’s annual gun day is a reminder of that reality.
All feedback is good feedback. And the more state legislators hear that they could face electoral problems after an anti-gun rights vote, the better. Will you be there?