Leave it to ABC News to misdirect the conversation about gun (people) control once again. This time it’s all about the Orwellian-titled bill, The Public Safety and Protection Act, that the Senate is jousting over. See how they do it:

Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey announced a bipartisan compromise today seeking to expand background checks for the sale of guns – both at gun shows and online – that could help break the impasse in the gun-control debate in Congress.

It’s a breakthrough! Hallelujah! And by two pro-gun Senators to boot! Wow!

Manchin sports an A rating from the NRA but he really doesn’t care:

We’re here for a purpose to do things. This is the right thing to do. I would hope that just having a score or a rating they would look at it and say, “Did we do the right thing? Did we use common sense? Did we do the right thing to protect lives, protect our children?” I would hope we would get credit for that. I can’t help the scoring system.

Toomey also is rated an A by the NRA, and he doesn’t care either:

What matters to me is doing the right thing. And I think it’s the right thing.

I’ve got to tell you candidly, I don’t consider background checks to be gun control. I think it’s just commonsense. If you pass a criminal background check, you get to buy a gun, no problem.  It’s the people who fail a criminal or a mental background check that we don’t want to have a gun.

Now we could talk about this nonsense and conclude, as so many observers have, that criminals will still get guns regardless. And others will riff about the of mental as a backdoor to gun confiscation. Still others will note the heavy involvement of the NRA in crafting this “compromise.”And they’re right. But that’s not what’s missing here. What’s missing is this: there is no way this bill will even see the light of day in the House of Representatives. It will die abornin’. Here’s Manchin’s dreamy assessment:

Today is the start of a healthy debate that must end with the Senate and House, hopefully, passing these commonsense measures and the president signing it into law. (my emphasis)

It’s all a charade, carefully crafted to promote the meme: even thoughtful pro-gun worthies with A ratings from the NRA are getting behind this. You should too.

 

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