Liberal Assault on Second Amendment Fails
For all the bullying, bribery, and attempts to beat the American people down, the left just sustained a devastating defeat on gun control. As it turns out, they didn’t have a winning formula. Conservatives, on the other hand, fought to defend the Constitution, and that resonated with the American people.
The left lost, but they are not blaming themselves. They say bribery failed them. One of their own — an unnamed official for a major gun-control group — explained:
Bribery isn’t what it once was. The government has no money. Once upon a time you would throw somebody a post office or a research facility in times like this. Frankly, there’s not a lot of leverage.
Bullying failed them as well:
Mark Glaze, the director of Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns said it was clear by Monday that Manchin-Toomey proposal wouldn’t get to 60 votes after the much-sought endorsement of the Second Amendment Foundation brought them no new support.
“You are not dealing with members who are looking for a reason to vote ‘Yes,’” Glaze said. “You’re not talking about members who are actually looking for solid facts or policy. You’re looking at members who are afraid of the [outside groups].”
Emotional appeals failed them too. Sen. Richared Blumenthal (D-CT) said:
“The president was tremendously committed and emotionally engaged. I watched the president with these families. He was there for them and really felt it.”
We all felt for the families, any human should. But emotion does not equal policy.
“I’m very disappointed and there is a sadness here that there was a tremendous bipartisan effort,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said. “Manchin-Toomey didn’t go as far as I would like to go but I supported it because there was a way to go for bipartisanship, so it’s enormously disappointed. I think today there are a lot of hard feelings.”
Of course, bribery, bullying and emotional appeals are the best the left has to offer. We’ll be seeing more of the same, as several liberal senators made clear yesterday:
“This was just the beginning.” Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
“There is more that we can do and will do.” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
“Background checks will happen. This outcome is a delay, not a defeat.” Sen. Blumenthal
“I never saw a president fight so hard, a vice president, never on any issue… It shows us the cowardice of the Senate.” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
“It takes a long time for these wheels of democracy to grind forward, but they will.” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
We’ve warned that the left wants to take away our constitutional rights and won’t stop until they do. Fortunately, conservatives will be there fighting to maintain our rights and freedoms. As CEO Mike Needham said after yesterday’s vote:
[T]he American people dealt a devastating blow to the left’s attempt to undermine the Second Amendment. The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment was an ineffective Washington solution crafted behind closed doors that has no place in our political system. Heritage Action will continue to oppose any bill that infringes on the constitutional rights of the American people.
Big fiscal fights are coming up too. And we’ll be fighting back the tide of liberalism on that front as well.