As we reported earlier in December, the Democrats who are about to take back control of the US House of Representatives are planning on making a big push for gun control. They’ve convinced themselves that more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms is a winning issue for them.
As part of that effort, they’ll be voting on a universal background check bill which will outlaw private gun sales. That bill will likely pass and be sent on to the Senate. Many here scoff at the idea of a UBC bill passing in the Republican-controlled upper chamber. They think there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to send a UBC bill on to the President. Well, I have some news for you. Don’t count on it.
The make up of the Senate seems to be 53 in the GOP’s favor. But the reality in terms of gun rights is very different. We have a Republican administration that backs red flag laws and Republican law makers on the state and federal levels pushing for such laws. Also we saw President Trump and a number of Republican governors advocate bump stock bans and other gun control initiatives like magazine capacity limits. Universal background checks will fall right in line with red flag laws.
The Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex just needs to flip four GOP members of the Senate to their side for a majority. And the gun grabbers have their four stooges.
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Sen. Toomey, of course, has already co-authored a UBC bill with Democrat Senator Joe Manchin. This is something he fully supports. Expect him to either draft another bill or sign on to whatever the Democrats will push from the House.
Rick Scott (R-FL)
Soon-to-be-former Florida Governor Rick Scott is an incoming freshman Senator. Scott already signed a gun control bill into law here in what was once known as the Gunshine State. That was when the Republican super-majority-controlled legislature whipped up SB-7026 after Parkland.
This is a blueprint of what the other gun grabbers have been using; gun violence restraining orders, a bump stock ban, a mandatory waiting period, and an age restriction on purchasing. Universal background checks will be a natural #commonsense progression for him.
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Soon to be the the senior Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio has openly supported magazine capacity limits and backed Florida Democrats’ attempts at passing stiffer gun control. As a former member of the state legislative body; he supported gun control then too. I expect hi to agree with Scott hat UBCs is a step in the “right direction.”
Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Another incoming freshman to the Senate, Mitt Romney has a history of supporting gun control. As Governor of Massachusetts he signed the Bay State’s assault weapons ban into law and publicly stated “I’m a hunter and believe in Second Amendment rights, but I also believe that assault weapons are not needed in the public population.” In 2016 he opined that he supports enhanced background checks.
Those four votes would give universal background checks a majority needed for passage. But the Senate still requires 60 votes to end debate and bring a bill up for a vote.
Could the “common sense gun safety” side flip a few more (Collins? Cornyn? Sasse? Murkowski?) to get over the 60-vote hurdle and bring a UBC bill up for a vote? Would Senate Majority Leader McConnell allow a vote on a universal background check bill?
If a bill passes the Senate, look for President Trump to cave and sign it into law. As he’s already shown, he’s fine with limiting Americans’ Second Amendment rights (“Take the guns first, go through due process second”).
I honestly hope I’m wrong on this. But staring into the gun control Magic 8-Ball, all signs point to yes.