Well…that was disappointing Not that Romney was a very impressive candidate or a champion of the 2nd Amendment, but he was still better than Mr. “I’m gonna abolish the 2nd Amendment under the radar” Obama. Here’s a list of pros and cons that we can expect to see over the next 4 years.
I’ll start with the cons:
The Democrats maintained the Senate. Meaning that anti gun Harry Reid is still calling the shots on what gets out of committee and what doesn’t. Don’t expect to see too many pro gun bills moving forward. They also have a majority to vote on Supreme Court Justices. The Republicans blew every possibility to take the Senate that they could. Through ignorance, missteps and bumbled words the Republicans shot themselves in the foot. I’m looking directly at Akin on this.
Obama, with his Senate Majority will push to have the UN Small Arms Treaty ratified thus crippling the gun industry and forcing a national registration of all privately owned guns in America. While they need 2/3′s of the Senate to ratify, they still are in the drivers seat and you never know what they might promise in order to get a few weak willed Senators to come to cross the ailsle.
He WILL appoint at least one more anti gun Supreme Court Justice who will probably serve on the bench for 30 years. I commented on this blog yesterday that it wasn’t that I was as worried at the next 4 years as I was for the next 40. This was what i was referring too. I suggest, if you are a gun owner, that you hope or pray that Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito and Roberts are in good health and stay that way. Unfortunately, since Ginsberg is most likely to step down this term, instead of strengthening the 2nd Amendment Majority on the court we will simply tread water. This was probably the most damaging result of the election as it is. We could have solidified the courts opinion that the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right for decades to come. Now we are still one simple vote away from washing it from the books.
The problem with not taking the senate is that pro gun measures will hardly ever make it out of committee. Harry Reid is still in control of the Senate. The only way to stop gun control activist Justices is to filibuster and you can only go to that well so many times.
We will not get any pro gun legislation signed into law on its own. We may get to attach some little crumbs to a bill that Obama needs to sign and get a symbolic victory but do not expect to see National Reciprocity for your CCW in the next four years, it will not happen.
It’s always darkest before the dawn.
It’s not much…but it is hope. This wasn’t some mandate that Obama can cling to saying that the people have resoundingly propelled him back to the White House. Romney was a flawed candidate but even still came within half a percentage point of winning. Obama had 10 million LESS people vote for him this time. Perhaps America is beginning to see where this President desires to take us and is waking up. I hope so or the America that I new and loved, the one Reagan called a shining city on the hill will crumble into the sea.
If that city can still be found in 4 years I pray that someone like Reagan will be there to lead us back to it.