April 15, 2013
Arizona Senator John McCain and other Republicans are lining up to support the Toomey-Manchin gun bill in the Senate.
McCain says he is “very favorably disposed” toward the anti-Second Amendment legislation.
He cited a misleading Quinnipiac University poll that says 9 out of 10 of those surveyed want to rollback the Second Amendment. Half of those polled also said background checks will lead to firearm confiscation.
“The American people want to do what we can to prevent these tragedies, and there’s a lot more that needs to be done, particularly in the area of mental health,” McCain said.
On Saturday, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins said she will support the Toomey-Manchin gun bill. In a statement, Collins claimed the bill will “strengthen the background check system without in any way infringing on Second Amendment rights.”
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee said he will not support the Toomey-Manchin bill.
“Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Americans have been rightfully focused on how to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future,” he said. “But unfortunately, the proposals we’ve seen would serve primarily to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens while doing little, if anything, to actually prevent tragedies like this from occurring in the future.”
“Toomey-Manchin does contain some carve outs, but we know that today’s carve outs are tomorrow’s loopholes, and that’s of concern to us,” Lee said.