January 3, 2013
Soon after the 113th Congress convenes today, Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid of Nevada will move to destroy the filibuster and put the “nuclear option” in place.
Democrats want a simple majority vote rather than a two-thirds majority or a supermajority required to put down a filibuster. The two-thirds vote, known as cloture, allows a single Senator to hold up Senate business.
“This is a trick which anti-gun Democrats intend to use the first day of the Senate session in order to obliterate the Senate rules and clear the way for 50-vote passage of gun control,” warns Gun Owners of America.
“Your senator’s vote on the ‘nuclear option’ may be the most important gun-related vote he casts during the 113th Congress. It may be the difference between whether Obama can secure Senate passage of gun bans, magazine bans, gun show bans, and bans on private gun sales.”
“Gun grabbers are not going to be able to get 60 votes to break a Senate filibuster of gun control. But, with the help of fake ‘pro-gun’ Senate Democrats, they may be able to get 50,” GOA notes.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and other Democrats in Congress are working on legislation to ban all semiautomatic firearms and magazines, enforce an effective ban on gun shows, and outlaw private gun sales between citizens.
Feinstein’s bill will also include a buy-back provision that will allow the government to confiscate all firearms. Both Feinstein and New York governor Andrew Cuomo have said that is their plan.
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]… Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,” Feinstein told 60 Minutes, thus revealing the radical and anti-constitutional scope of her agenda to disarm America.
Feinstein and her co-conspirators in the Senate want to limit and if possible remove any significant resistance to enacting legislation destroying the Second Amendment. That’s why Reid is going for the nuclear option.
“Our Founders intended the Senate to be a body where legislation was slowed down and subject to improvement through extended debate and amendment,” Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said in response to efforts to cut the legs out from under the filibuster. “Reid’s proposed ‘reforms’ would remove two of the most fundamental rights traditionally reserved to all Senators — to freely debate and amend legislation. I shall not stand for that.”