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Some things don’t deserve a vote

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Senator Johnny Isakson thinks the Senate should vote on gun control legislation and refuses to support a proposed filibuster that would block any such measures.  He’s been all over television saying that there should be a vote. Oh, he’s reportedly telling constituents that he doesn’t support the bill, but he’s also apparently leaving out that he wants the Democrat control Senate to vote on a bill that he knows they’ll pass.

Some things don’t deserve a vote.

In particular, the discussion revolves around universal background checks.  On the surface, this seems innocuous.  It’s not.  Gun buyers can tell you all about the nightmares that can arrive from the current system.  You go to buy a gun, sometimes because you’re terrified of someone who has threatened you, and then you’re told you have to wait a few days because the system isn’t working properly.

At least as things stand now, they can purchase a gun from an individual.  Not so if this bill were to pass through.

Let’s not forget that this bill won’t actually keep guns out of a bad guy’s hands.  Despite President Obama’s rhetoric, remarkably few guns used in crimes were purchased from individuals who owned those guns lawfully.  Instead, they’re purchased through straw buyers – who will not be stopped under this new proposal – or on the black market.

I don’t know how many more times it will take telling lawmakers that criminalsdon’t obey the law for them to actually grasp the concept.

So, we have a law that will only create more of a burden on law abiding citizens and a so-called conservative senator who wants to let the law pass.

Senator Isakson, you swore and oath to “support and defend the Constitution”, not to flap in the political breeze.  You owe it to the nation to do everything you can to stop unconstitutional laws, much like your colleagues are planning on doing.  If you don’t want to take part, that’s fine, but you need to shut up and let the real champions of the Second Amendment do what needs to be done.

Also, remember one very important thing.  This is Georgia. You represent one of the most pro-gun states in the country.  Do you really think you won’t get a primary challenge?  The Republican Party of the Tea Party era isn’t known for just letting stuff like this fly.  Instead, many citizens of Georgia prefer someone who will actually defend the Constitution of the United States of America, rather than just allow it to be gutted by opportunistic Democrats who seek to use a loss of life to pass laws that would never have prevented the tragedy in the first place.

Consider yourself warned, Senator Isakson.  Consider yourself warned.

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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