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The gun-control votes: 'Shame' & shamelessness

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Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

President Obama called it “shameful” that the Democrat-controlled Senate (operating under the Democrat-hatched 60-vote-majority concept of nearly 40 years ago) rejected sweeping gun-control legislation on Wednesday.

“Progressives” blamed Republicans for hijacking the upper chamber and might as well have said the GOP will have blood on its hands should there be another Newtown-like gun massacre of innocents.

What's really shameful (if not indicative of shamelessness) is that none of the rejected measures would have done anything to prevent the carnage in Connecticut or anywhere else and, in at least two cases, they would have done serious damage to the Second Amendment.

Democrats sought to criminalize a wide variety of commonly possessed semiautomatic firearms favored by sport shooters simply because they resemble their automatic military counterparts and have been exploited by criminals. They also sought to limit the number of bullets in magazines to 10 — a psychological “do-something!” placebo, a mechanical distinction truly without a difference given the mere seconds it takes to swap magazines.

Then there was the bipartisan amendment proffered by ardent gun-rights Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. For all of its positives — streamlining carry laws and criminalizing the establishment of a national gun registry, to name two — its enhanced background check provision applied to an infinitesimal cohort of gun sales.

That said, even more shameful is the non-prosecution of existing gun laws and the plethora of gun charges that are plea-dealed away.

Mr. Obama now is vowing to work to replace those senators who stood up for the law and the Constitution. Talk about shameful and shameless.

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