The ever reliable John McCain.

Note: I haven’t and don’t plan on writing about the attack in Boston yesterday. The truth is, there’s nothing to write about. We don’t have any facts related to who was involved or the motive for the attack. There’s plenty of utterly stupid speculation – see Cynthia McKinny and Alex Jones for two – and I refuse to join that crowd.

Our prayers are with the people of Boston and the families directly impacted by the bombing and for the police agencies as they sort out the evidence.

Now, about the ever reliable John McCain.

Turn In GunsI live in Phoenix. John McCain is my US Senator. He has show himself to be absolutely reliable as a member of the US Senate. I like to say his comment that he’s “very favorably disposed” to the Toomey-Manchin amendment is due to the fact that he’s a senile old fool, but he’s been on the wrong side of every important issue since he went to Congress.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, says he is “very favorably disposed” toward the recently unveiled proposal from Sens. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, that would expand gun-purchase background checks to sales online and at gun shows.

“First of all, I’d like to thank Pat and Joe for their work together,” Mr. McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Mr. McCain said the overwhelming majority of American people want to strengthen the background check system and there were questions he still had about the Internet part of the amendment.

“But look, I appreciate their work,” he said. “The American people want to do what we can to prevent these tragedies, and there’s a lot more that needs to be done, particularly in the area of mental health.”

Really John. You obviously haven’t read the bill.

David Kopel at The Volokh Conspiracy, who happens be a Constitutional Law professor and an author on 2nd Amendment issues wrote this week (and please read the whole article, it’ll be an enlightening five minutes)…

The Toomey-Manchin Amendment which may be offered as soon as Tuesday to Senator Reid’s gun control bill are billed as a “compromise” which contain a variety of provisions for gun control, and other provisions to enhance gun rights. Some of the latter, however, are not what they seem. They are badly miswritten, and are in fact major advancements for gun control. In particular:

  • The provision which claims to outlaw national gun registration in fact authorizes a national gun registry.
  • The provision which is supposed to strengthen existing federal law protecting the interstate transportation of personal firearms in fact cripples that protection.

Gee, a bill that was jammed together and will be offered with essentially no hearings is poorly written and actually does the opposite of what’s it allegedly designed to do. We’ve never seen that before, have we?

The supporters of the T-M amendment are trying to make hay from the fact that the legislation contains wording that makes a gun owner’s registry illegal with criminal penalties of up to 15 years.

The proponents of Schumer-Toomey-Manchin are making a big deal about the criminal penalty of up to 15 years for violating the bill’s narrow restrictions on some forms of federal gun registration. A federal prosecution would, of course, have to be initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, which is to say the very Department which would have violated the anti-registry provision in the first place. Expecting felony self-prosecution seems highly unrealistic. A far more effective anti-registry deterrent would have been a civil cause of action, with liquidated damages and attorneys fees, against any individuals who participated in the creation of a registry.

In other words, the probability of criminal prosecution happening is as likely as criminal prosecution in Fast & Furious or the death of Border Patrol officer Brian Terry here in Arizona.

Well John, at least you’re holding true to your standards, never passing up an opportunity to legislate away your constituents constitutional rights.

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  • herddog505

    Michael BeckerJohn McCain is my US Senator. He has show himself to be absolutely reliable as a member of the US Senate.

    Yep, and he’ll say ANYTHING to keep himself reliably (perpetually) in that body where he can be a plague on our country.

    ELECTION COMING UP: [best Dirty Harry voice] Build the damned fence!

    ELECTION OVER: My friends, we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform…

    He’s not the most detestable member of the Senate, but he’s certainly the most detestable “Republican”.

  • jim_m

    While they got enough votes to open debate, it appears that they may not be able to close debate. There are currently only 56 votes for cloture on this bill and it looks as though it may die on the Senate floor.

    • Conservachef

      Color me skeptical (of squishy Republicans) or cynical (regarding all politicians), but 56 makes it far too close to call..

      I certainly hope that this dies on the Senate floor, but if it doesn’t- if Reid somehow squeezes his Dems into line and/or buys porks up the bill enough to gain a couple of RINO votes, then the vote to have opened debate becomes more costly.

      Maybe I’m just being a pessimist and looking for the bad side?

      • LiberalNightmare

        I’d say your a realist.

        • herddog505

          To borrow from Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the cupidity and stupidity of Republican members of Congress.

    • Conservachef

      Good news:

      Last night, Roll Call reported that Manchin and Harry Reid needed eight more votes, almost an impossibility considering the circumstances

      Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • jim_m

    John McCain is the predictable stooge, trying to curry favor from the left wing MSM, while Harry Reid has an attack of honesty and calls his bill “anti-gun legislation”. If the bill was not doomed before it certainly is now. Any red state dem is doomed if they are caught voting in favor of this bill that the dems have admitted is nothing but “anti-gun legislation”.

  • GarandFan

    The best thing McCain can do IS RETIRE!

  • azwi

    John McCain is a pathological liar, a warmongering and a backstabber! McCain himself is a prime example of today’s GOP. An old hateful white man! .

    • Thank you! I am sure his X wife feels the same way, he betrayed her why not betray the good ole U$A!

  • retired military

    And Bruce wonders why we consider McCain a RINO.

    • Bruce wonders what that bright orb in the sky is each morning.