From: Don Evanson
Minnesota City, Minn.
The Manchin-Toomey Amendment has failed today, Wednesday, in a vote of the full U.S. Senate. It’s passage would have been required before some key Republicans and Democrats could have voted for the larger bill that it would have amended, that would require an expansion of background checks before individuals are allowed to buy guns.
Appreciation must be extended to Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) who voted against it. The conniving Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) also voted against it, but I wouldn’t extend appreciation for that, since he voted against it so that he might bring it up again, if he sees fit.
Despicably, four GOP Senators, John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) voted for the amendment. Hopefully, their constituents will set things right in the future.
One would think that all Democrats, grass-roots and of leadership, especially, would recognize the need, therefore the common law and natural law right, for law abiding citizens to acquire and possess weapons for personal protection from both criminals and tyrannical government. Unfortunately that is not the case amongst elitist Democratic partisans in either of the U. S. Congress or the Minnesota legislature.
Our Founders, from the collective perspective of the wisdom of millenia, recognized such need for individuals to have the ability to stand in the face of abusive government, so they expressly acknowledged that right as fully “originally understood and intended” in the Constitution that they provided us. If public attitudes have changed regarding that perspective -- heaven forbid -- it is time to fully respect the rule of law, and thus work to change that Constitution.
Since efforts are still alive in the Minnesota legislature to restrict such rights, it is time to tell the members of the legislature, especially if they are Democratic members, to abandon those efforts. You could suggest to them that they can take some cover in the form of the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment in the U.S. Congress.
Is it unreasonable to suggest that we in this country might need to be protected from tyrannical government? It is the duty of every generation to safeguard its freedoms for future generations.