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Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:13 PM

 

Rifts in Both Parties Complicate Odds for Gun Measure

Deep divisions within both parties over a bipartisan measure to extend background checks for gun buyers are threatening its chances as the Senate this week begins debating the first broad gun control legislation in nearly 20 years.

In spite of a vote last Thursday in favor of debating new gun measures, some Democrats who are facing re-election next year in conservative states have already said they will not vote for the background check measure offered by Senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, forcing Democrats to look desperately across the aisle to fill the gaps.

Republicans, in the meantime, are bitterly torn between moderates who feel pressure to respond to polls showing a majority of Americans in support of some new gun regulations and conservatives who are deeply opposed to them.

Further, an impending immigration bill may force Republicans to choose between softening their stance on either immigration or guns, but not both.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/us/politics/party-rifts-complicate-chances-for-gun-bill-passage.html?_r=0

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Paul E Ester Apr 2013 OP
rrneck Apr 2013 #1
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pipoman Apr 2013 #3
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Response to Paul E Ester (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:16 PM

1. All they have to do

is produce legislation that will accomplish the stated objective, be legal, and not harm people or violate their civil rights or privacy.

Simple.

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Response to rrneck (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:42 PM

2. In that case the bill will be fairly short and uncomplicated. ...

Plus it should be written and reviewed well before our politicians vote on it.

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Response to Paul E Ester (Original post)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 12:51 PM

3. Given the choice between immigration reform

and some ineffectual gun control, I choose the former..

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Response to pipoman (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 15, 2013, 02:46 PM

4. There is ample incentive for GOPers to favor immigration reform...

The huge influx of new Latinos into evangelical churches has caused leaders of the mega-churches to push Republicans on reform: They want to cultivate these potential new voters that Democrats think are automatically "theirs." Minority bashing ain't the sure bet RWers thought it was; pro-2A position, however, remains strong.

What would "you" choose if you were a GOPer?

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