Next, the Constitution’s Second Amendment was trotted out, accompanied by fuzzy concerns about its potential application, notwithstanding the fact that constitutional interpretation has always allowed reasonable regulation of the sale of guns. Ironically, the clearest constitutional argument voiced against any gun regulation whatsoever was one that should leave law abiding citizens aghast. It is the chillingly wrong assertion that the Second Amendment was placed in the Constitution to protect citizens from an oppressive government (akin to the dangerous rationale of mass murderer Timothy McVeigh).
In the end, despite the nation’s wish to do what it can to protect itself against the types of violent events that have killed our children, grandchildren and their teachers, the United States Senate did what it does best.
It filibustered, obfuscated the need for any legislation, closed ranks along party lines, and did nothing.
Only four Republican Senators, John McCain, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and the bill’s co-author Pat Toomey voted in favor of the bill. Political fear, much different than real fear, trumped the safety of the nation’s small children. Welcome to America’s Congress in the 21st century.