“A new bipartisan bill to reform some parts of the federal background check system for gun sales may be a ‘baby step’ but members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation believe it could become a turning point on gun control,” the Hartford Courant practically drools. “U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said the proposal has significant Republican support in Congress in the wake of the latest mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and may represent a ‘breakthrough piece of legislation.’”
Exactly. If nothing else, a proposed “fix” to the background check system prompted by the Air Force “fail[ing] to report the Sutherland Springs shooter’s domestic abuse and bad conduct discharge to the background database” gives gun-grabbing Democrats something to crow about, momentum to build on, and ground gained without a fight. Meanwhile, Republicans, many of whom we’re told are “pro-gun,” are lining up to sign on to S.2135, “A bill to enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System” (text not yet available at this writing).
They do so because they’ve been given the green light by the National Rifle Association, which along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has given the scheme its blessing.
by David Codrea