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Washington worries gun owners

By From page A4 | April 24, 2013

Last week a compromise bill in the Senate on gun purchase background checks failed. The proposal would have expanded background checks to gun shows and Internet sales while exempting personal transactions and it would have prevented the creation of a national gun registry.

The vote was 54-46, six votes short of the 60 required to pass the bill. Even Senate Majority Harry Reid voted against it, though that supposedly was a procedural gimmick to allow him to bring the bill back up for another vote. Sounds like more sleazy action by Mr. Squeaky.

The compromise by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., sounded reasonable, but you can’t blame America’s gun owners for being suspicious of any federal action, especially after the United States led the vote in the U.N. General Assembly to pass the Arms Control Treaty.

“The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that passed in the General Assembly … would require the United States to implement gun-control legislation as required by the treaty, which could supersede the laws our elected officials have already put into place,” Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement. “It’s time the Obama administration recognizes it is already a non-starter, and Americans will not stand for internationalists limiting and infringing upon their constitutional rights.”

Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana said he opposed the treaty because it doesn’t “uphold the rights of Americans.”

The three countries who voted against it were Iran, Syria and North Korea. China and Russia abstained. And where do bad countries get their weapons? From these five.

While regulating the sales of heavy military weapons, such as tanks, it also includes small arms and light weapons. At the very least this could make it difficult for Americans to buy Italian shotguns or German pistols. But the real fear is the treaty’s requirement for countries to pass gun control regulations.

The trouble with Congress and the president is they are attacking responsible gun owners while ignoring the problems of the mentally ill and the criminals with illegal guns.

Mountain Democrat

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