This is unalloyed good news: the Senate blocked any further consideration of gun control legislation and that vote should end the matter at least until 2014 and probably until 2016. The reasoning is spelled out convincingly here by two attorneys (no, not that kind) who make abundant sense in their conclusion:
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 54-46 to defeat an amendment that would have required broader background checks on gun purchases. The amendment, sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin and pushed by the White House and its supporters, was the last hope for any kind of gun control bill in this Congress, and probably for President Obama’s presidency.
They excoriate the president for his galling attempt to play on peoples’ emotions by flying in kids from Newtown and using them as swords to eviscerate the constitution. They remind readers of the president’s hypocrisy when he ignored the Fort Hood shooting and the Giffords shooting and instead selected “a better opportunity” – Newtown – as the best chance to ram gun control down peoples’ throats.
But the authors note that the people aren’t buying it anymore. They’re tired of having