You may recall that Pat Toomey as the Republican Senator behind the Manchin-Toomey background check bill. The bi-partisan dynamic duo introduced the bill — mandating federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers — in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook spree killing. It didn’t make it into law. But the bill pleased President Obama no end; his praise for the Pennsylvania pol’s “courage” was effusive. That was then, this is now.
To appeal to Democratic and independent voters, Toomey’s reelection campaign used the President’s own words in an ad promoting their man. For some strange reason, the resulting video (above) didn’t find favor at the White House. Here’s the President protest proclamation.
Pat Toomey may have done the right thing on one vote, but courage is telling Pennsylvania voters where you stand on the tough issues, not just the easy ones like background checks. Pat Toomey won’t tell Pennsylvania voters where he stands on Donald Trump, trying instead to have it both ways by telling different people what he thinks they want to hear. That’s not courage. Voting to shut down the government and against bills to close the terrorist gun loophole isn’t courage. And playing politics with the Supreme Court isn’t courage. I support Katie McGinty for Senate because she will always do the right thing for Pennsylvania families.
While the President’s un-endorsement is hardly a surprise, it proves a simple point: gun control is about more than gun control. It’s the thin end of the wedge of statist ambitions. Politicians or any stripe drink the “gun safety” Kool-Aid at their own peril. And ours.