As of Friday, April 19, 2013
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The defeat of the gun bill on Wednesday has some similarities to a bill that passed in Georgia some years back. The commonsense gun bill would have required background checks for sale of guns on the Internet and required all dealers to give background checks at gun shows. The gun bill would also make it a felony to any agency that developed a gun registry. With over 90 percent approval from the public agreeing with the bill, it was defeated in the Senate. It was defeated primarily because of a filibuster waged by Senate Republicans and a few Democrats, which made it an requirement for a 60-vote approval instead of the usual 51 votes.
Those that opposed this bill may be dancing in the streets, but they shouldn’t tango too long. If the opposition of this bill would look at the overall process of our lawmakers, they would notice a very unsettling priority between the people and big business (in this case the gun manufacturers).
Years ago, Georgia had a big fight over changing the state flag. The majority of the public wanted no change in the state flag, but lawmakers on both sides under pressure by big business and commerce agencies forced the state flag change. The governor signed the bill for the flag change, but despite an outcry from the public it was your local lawmakers that sided with big business. (Later on, you were promised a ballot vote. How did that turn out?)
For those that are paranoid about the feds busting down your door for your guns, please consider how with 90 percent approval for background checks, the bill was defeated. The real fight isn’t guns, abortion or taxes; it’s your voice.
A storm does not discriminate and lawmakers don’t discriminate when it comes to their personal survival and advantage.