We knew this day would come and it has. Our old pal Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin announced yesterday that passing gun control will be a top priority for his Senate Judiciary Committee. Yes, the Land of Lincoln career politician says what he means and means what he says. And limiting civilian gun rights has long been a priority for Democrat Dick.
Speaking of saying what he means, Dick Durbin is the same guy who disparaged American troops with vile and reprehensible remarks on the Senate floor.
“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control. You would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.”
We will have to see how long the Democrats’ empty pledge to respect the Senate filibuster remains in place. As it stands now, Democrats will need 60 votes in the Senate to pass a gun control bill – or convince ten Republicans to join Democrats.
Currently, with everyone seeing a palpable level of seething voter anger at House Republicans who voted for the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, finding ten GOP Senators willing to give up their seats in the next election will be a tall order.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
“Today I had the chance to speak with a group of gun violence prevention advocates from across the country,” Durbin tweeted. “I told them that reducing gun violence will be a top priority of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And I will never stop fighting for gun safety.”
Democrats enjoy a slim majority in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris able to cast tie-breaking votes, a partisan split that makes sweeping, new gun-control legislation difficult to pass. Durbin’s control of the Judiciary Committee, however, will allow him to shape America’s legal landscape. His ability to shepherd President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees to federal courts could play a decisive role in numerous gun-rights cases. The committee also oversees federal law that regulates firearms, including the federal gun background check system.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), the committee’s top Republican, said he hopes Durbin will pursue similar gun initiatives to the past Congress instead of attempting to push through sweeping liberal changes.
“Unduly abridging or regulating those rights, especially if it’s through a strictly partisan process, is wrong,” Grassley told the Washington Free Beacon. “I hope, if Senator Durbin chooses to focus on this issue, it will be with a bipartisan, consensus-building approach.”
Before you head to your shed to find your pitchfork and a torch or two, keep in mind that Grassley’s idea of bipartisan projects includes things like Fix NICS.
Either way, the People Of The Gun should buckle up and expect a tough slog ahead under President Grampy McUnity and his Democrat-controlled Congress.