Fifty-Eight Senators Can Be Wrong - And, Unfortunately, They Often Are
The proponents of gun control finally won one, but it was close - too close for comfort. Fifty-eight senators voted for a wacky plan to allow gun permit holders in one state to carry their weapons into any other state without restriction. Luckily for us, they needed 60 votes to pass the amendment and fell two short of passing the law. South Dakota Senator John Thune, who authored the bill and stage-managed the vote in the Senate on Wednesday, said, "If someone who has a concealed carry permit in South Dakota goes to New York and is in Central Park [then] Central Park is a much safer place." What has this man been smoking? Weapons bought in permissive states like Florida, Virginia, Maine, Pennsylvania and South Dakota and transported to tough gun-law states such as New York for sale has long been a problem. This bill would have made it worse, as did the recent amendment that passed the House of Representatives and the Senate that allows people to carry concealed weapons in national parks, including Gateway National Recreation Area. One can only wonder what those who voted for the gun bills were thinking. Perhaps they are so beholden to the National Rifle Association (NRA) for campaign funding that they can't see the light of day. Perhaps they really believe that a safer America requires that everybody carry a concealed handgun. In any case, we escaped the bullet this time, thanks to forty-two senators who had the guts to vote against the NRA. Will we be so lucky next time? The NRA and the gun nuts are already lining up to sponsor another bill to allow "interstate cooperation" on gun rules. The next vote is not far away.