“So what does a traitor look like?”
That is a very good question.
After all, a traitor is different than an enemy. An enemy declares himself and opposes you openly. But in order to become a traitor, someone first needs to enjoy your trust.
Those of us in the gun rights community have plenty of enemies … people who have openly declared war on the Second Amendment and the Constitution. Heck … practically every Democrat in the country seems to have signed up for a frontal assault on gun owners.
But to be betrayed by one of our own is not a common occurrence and when it happens, it never fails to hurt.
Today, Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania betrayed gun owners. He betrayed us by caving in to pressure from Bloomberg and the Obama Administration and putting forward a supposed “compromise” bill with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.
That’s right. Senator Toomey’s co-sponsor in this supposedly ‘Second Amendment Protection Bill’ is none other than Chuck Schumer. That should be your first clue even before you read the bill.
But when the so-called ‘compromise’ was announced at a press conference today, Schumer was nowhere to be seen. He stayed away so that Toomey would not have to explain to gun owners why he was standing on the stage with one of the single most anti-gun politicians in the country.
A Democratic aide, speaking to Roll Call, explained Schumer’s absence by noting that Toomey’s job in this bill was to simply “persuade the gun rights groups that it’s an acceptable deal.”
We have a name for a creature who goes amongst their own kind to calm them in the face of obvious danger … a Judas Goat.
In any case, returning to the bill text itself shows us … well nothing initially … they have not released the full text to the public yet. But Gun Owners of America (GOA) and RedState reportedly have a copy and they do not like what they are seeing at all.
First, and perhaps most disconcerting, it contains a provision whereby a doctor can unilaterally add a patient to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) without ever telling the patient.
You heard me … no due process … no appeal. Anger your doctor and you can lose your Second Amendment rights forever.
And as we saw in New York last week, you can bet that as soon as that happens, the SWAT team will be there to take your guns.
The results of this bill are easy to predict. Gun owners will soon realize that seeing a counselor means losing their rights and they will not seek help, even when they need it.
Veterans with PTSD will face it on their own.
Women with post-partum depression will suffer in silence.
Suicides will increase.
But that’s not all. Schumer has proudly reported that he made numerous contributions to the bill such as a partial repeal of FOPA so that New York airports can continue to arrest law-abiding gun owners traveling through their state as I have reported on this very week.
Another amendment to the bill by Schumer reportedly stripped out language that would have forced states to recognize each other’s carry permits.
And Toomey wants to take this monstrosity to the floor of the Senate where Democrats can begin building an ‘amendment tree’ that will include an assault weapons ban, a ban on normal capacity magazines, and any other restrictions on the rights of gun owners they can think of.
And all the while, they can smile for the press and declare it to be a ‘bi-partisan’ bill.
All because of Pat Toomey.
“So what does a traitor look like?” They look just like us … until they don’t.
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