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The Gun Vote

CarlStevenson Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 8:36 AM
Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them. - Miranda v. Arizona (384 US 438)

This column is about the vote on Wednesday in the U.S. Senate on the amendment to the gun control bill which had as its two main sponsors Democrat Joe Manchin (WVa) and Republican Pat Toomey (Pa).

The effect of the amendment would have been, among other things, to have increased background checks on people buying guns to include gun shows and internet sales.

I don't want to discuss the merits of the amendment; I want to chat about why it failed in the face of overwhelming popular support.

The vote on the amendment failed - as only the...