Democrats in Congress, led by President Joe Biden, are champing at the bit to impose new gun control legislation and further infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms that is protected by the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.
Arguably the most modest of the proposals is an expansion of the background check process for firearm purchases, but a top Democratic proponent of the change, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), acknowledged Sunday that there likely aren’t sufficient votes in the Senate to make that happen, Breitbart reported.
If the Senate is incapable of passing a bill to strengthen background checks, they may as well abandon their plans for a so-called “assault weapons” ban on specific firearms or a ban on so-called “high-capacity” magazines, which are simply standard ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds.
Background check bill “unlikely” to pass
Murphy made the admission during an interview Sunday with host Chuck Todd on NBC‘s Meet the Press that revolved around the push for more gun control in the wake of two recent mass shootings.
Murphy stated that, with an eye toward the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold needed to advance legislation for a final vote, he had been tasked by Democratic leaders to find 10 Republicans who would join with all 50 Democrats to pass a “universal” background check bill that would, in essence, ban all private sales of firearms between individuals and, by necessity, create a national registry of firearms owners.
However, Todd noted that even a couple Democratic senators — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) — had raised objections to H.R. 8, a House version of the bill, as being “too broad” in infringing upon gun rights to garner 60 votes for passage.
“I think it’s unlikely that H.R.8, as it’s written today, can get 60 votes, but I don’t think it has to change very much in order to get the sufficient number of votes,” Murphy said. “You are right that there’s a small number of Democrats and a bunch of Republicans who may want to see the list of exempted sales expanded, perhaps to include more family members.”
“Assault weapons” ban unlikely to pass
Todd, noting the “modest” nature of the background check bill in comparison to other proposals, pressed the senator on the possibility of moving forward with those other plans, such as increased regulations on the actual guns themselves. Murphy again signaled that there was likely insufficient support to do so.
“I think right now our best chance to get something passed is universal background checks,” Murphy said. “And I think that the theory of the case is that once we convince Republicans that the sky doesn’t fall for you politically when you support a reasonable expansion of something like background checks, you can move on to other interventions.”
The senator also acknowledged that it was a legitimate “worry” among Democrats regarding how their gun control measures, if passed, would hold up under inevitable legal challenges due to what he termed the “radical interpretation of the Second Amendment” by certain judges. “I do think that restrictions on assault weapons are in jeopardy with this Supreme Court. I don’t think that expanded background checks are a problem.”
So there you have it: an open admission that, thanks to the filibuster and its 60-vote requirement in the Senate, the left’s desired infringements upon the Second Amendment are, for all intents and purposes, dead on arrival at this point in time.