After the Easter recess, the Senate is set to begin consideration of gun control legislation, but not without controversy.
Earlier in the week, we experienced Democrat in-fighting as Senator Dianne Feinstein called it a “betrayal” when Harry Reid decided not to include her assault weapons ban in the bill. The fact that Reid felt the need to withhold the assault weapons ban from the bill showed that Democrats have lost their edge on this issue and are worried about harming the re-election chances of red state Democrats.
Realizing how this looked politically, Reid has decided that he would include an expansion of federal background checks. Essentially what this means is the virtual end of private gun sales, because individuals are incapable of performing proper federal background checks. Republicans also warn that this could lead to the creation of a federal database of gun owners. But if you dare to criticize the concept of gun registration and background checks, this makes you a member of the “black helicopter crowd,” according to the Vice President of the United States! Crazy Uncle Joe told NPR earlier in the week: “When you go to registration, it raises all the black helicopter crowd notion that what this is all about is identifying who has a gun so that one day the government can get up and go to the house and arrest everyone who has a gun, and they'll cite Nazi Germany and all that.” Good grief.