- One was to increase funding for the agency that runs background checks but offered no actual expansion of who that agency can run background checks on. In other words, this proposal was to spend more money to do what is already being done but isn’t working.
- The other measure would let the attorney general deny firearms to any suspected terrorist but only if the AG could prove to a judge within three business days of the attempted sale that there was probable cause to suspect the buyer of ties to terrorism. I’m no expert but three days doesn’t see like a viable amount of time needed for such an investigation.
For example, consider the Dickey Amendment. Yes, it’s called the Dickey Amendment, named for Sen. John Dickey who originally introduced it, stop giggling, this is serious business. This amendment was added to a funding measure for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and it prohibited the CDC from using any of its funding to research the impact of gun violence on American health, safety and wellbeing. Yes, it’s a real thing. And efforts to overturn the Dickey Amendment have failed. Even as recently as last week. And do you know who is now in favor of overturning the Dickey Amendment? John Dickey. That's right, the guy who sponsored the amendment in the first place thinks its a bad idea but even he cannot kill it.
There are increasing efforts to try and match the NRA not just in members and dollars but also in the intensity. Which is what it will take to save us from ourselves. Yes, it’s like having somebody remind you every other moment to breathe. You’d think that would come naturally. But no, what it will take is reminding your Congressperson every single damn day, “Hey, don’t forget to do something that will help us not get shot.”
By the way, I wrote this post on Tuesday. Since then, not much has changed but not for lack of trying as Congressional Democrats staged a sit-in Wednesday. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed this as a publicity stunt to which I reply, "Well, duh!" People need to pay attention with what's going on...or more accurately NOT going on with our lawmakers when it comes to protecting American lives from guns run amok. Will this get anyone's attention and finally lead to significant gun control? I have my doubts but let's wait and see.
Meanwhile, the NRA isn't letting up. Get a load of this still from where I was watching Seth Meyer's piece on gun control.
I hate to say it but that duffel bag does look kind of sweet.