Sens. Paul, Cruz: We'll Filibuster Gun Control
Republicans deliver warning to Harry Reid
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – If Harry Reid goes forward with a possible gun-control measure, he'll face a filibuster, say three Republican senators. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee have penned a letter to the Senate majority leader, saying, "We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions." They don't actually use the word "filibuster," Politico notes, but their meaning is clear. The bill would expand background checks and toughen rules on interstate gun trafficking; it could also contain amendments limiting magazine capacity and some assault weapons, though those measures wouldn't pass, Politico adds.

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Mar 27, 2013 9:14 PM CDT
We can't have that!! The Republicans feel we need 50 round clips "for hunting".
Mar 27, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
The problem with "Universal Background Checks" is that there is no system to do them without the GOVERNMENT controlling it. Which most firearms owners (the gun-nuts) believe will lead to a Universal Registry and eventually a "Universal Search, Siezure, and Confiscation" decree by the King on the throne; probably "by force if necessary!". These actions violate several basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The Constitution was written FOR the People; only THEY can effect changes to it; the SCOTUS cannot change it; the Federal Government can only recommend changing it; the President has no veto in changing it; We the People are the FINAL and ONLY instrument of change. Article V of The Constitution is the 2nd shortest Article of the Constitution and the process for change is a fairly simple, but lengthy process, as it should be. BUT, changing the Constitution IS NOT an easy process as it requires super-majority in each house of Congress, followed by ratificacion of a super-super majority of the States. The Constitution has been amended 27 times since it's ratification on June 21,1788. The original 9 articles concerning the formation, operation, and responsibilities have been affected 11 times by 6 different Amendments. Of the 27 amendments, 2 were regarding Prohibition and it's repeal. Amendments 12 and 14 were modified by subsequent Amendments 20 & 26. The first 10 Amendments (commonly called The Bill of Rights) have NEVER been modified in their 221 years of existence.
Mar 27, 2013 2:28 PM CDT
Some democracy/republic when two or three right-wingnuts can block an entire legislature from discussing and/or voting on an issue. This filibuster crap has got to cease if the current crop of legislators are to retain their seats and do the country's busness. Remember, the 2014 Mid-Terms are followed by the 2016 Presidential Vote. If voters show guts, we can completely change the House and Senate by Jan 2017.