Senator Richard Burr wants Boston terrorist Tsarnaev to be able to buy guns with no background check

Isn't it wonderful to have such a great senator looking out for our interests? Not.

But Democratic leaders will likely have to round up a minimum of 60 votes at least once more, and many of the 16 Republicans who joined Democrats last week are backing away. The latest is Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who said Tuesday he opposes a vital amendment on background checks. "I supported having a debate on the issue of violent crime, but as I made clear from the outset, I will oppose any legislation that chips away at our Constitutional rights," Burr said.

Except, of course, for the Constitutional right to stay alive if you happen to be an innocent bystander next to a guy with an AK47.


A bit of gun control history

Someone should ask Burr about this bit of history and, in particular, about this quote from the head of the NRA at the time.

In 1929, Al Capone’s St. Valentine’s Day massacre saw men disguised as Chicago police kill 7 rivals with machine guns. Bonnie and Clyde’s crime-and-gun spree from 1932-34 was a national sensation. John Dellinger robbed 10 banks in 1933 and fired a machine gun as he sped away. A new president in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt, made fighting crime and gun control part of his ‘New Deal.’ The NRA helped him draft the first federal gun controls: 1934’s National Firearms Act and 1938’s Gun Control Act.

The NRA President at the time, Karl T. Frederick, a 1920 Olympic gold-medal winner for marksmanship who became a lawyer, praised the new state gun controls in Congress. “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons,” he testified before the 1938 law was passed. “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

These federal firearms laws imposed high taxes and registration requirements on certain classes of weapons—those used in gang violence like machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and silencers—making it all-but impossible for average people to own them. Gun makers and sellers had to register with the federal government, and certain classes of people—notably convicted felons—were barred from gun ownership. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld these laws in 1939.

What's the difference between then and now? The gun violence of the Prohibition and "Bonne and Clyde" era was even less than it is today, but the NRA has morphed into an organization touting paranoid fantasies about government conspiracies rather and a mouthpiece for gun manufacturers, rather than an organization devoted to sportsmen.

Ask Senator Burr - Is this about constitutional rights or your fear of loosing a few votes because of some delusional nutjobs with a deadly arsenal in their home? Tell us, Senator Burr, how do you feel about having blood on your hands?

Senator Burr, what would your father, a minister who lived through this deadly period in American history, think of what you are doing now? Did he fight in Word War II for an America where human life is as cheap as the price of an easily modified AR-15 purchased at a local discount store? Would your father, Senator Burr, want far more deadly weapons in the hands of civilians - with no background checks - than anything he probably saw in World War II?

Are you willing to grow a pair, Senator Burr, and do the right thing? Didn't you learn a damn thing from your father?

Human rights don't come from an enshrined document

I am thankful for the constitution's ability to give us the limited amount of rights that we do have, but when are we going to think in terms of human rights, not paper rights.

it the other way around

look into it. The const. limits governemnt not give us what we have. gov is limited our rights are boundless, and only some are enumerated in the const.

Regardless of the theorized source of rights...

...the right to keep and bear arms enumerated in the Constitution does not mean that there's some sort of issue in requiring background checks any more than the right to free speech enumerated in the Constitution means that there's some sort of issue with limiting the right to cry "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

Burr and the others are sticking with the NRA because it's worked for them in the past.

However, after watching 20 innocent little kids and 6 dedicated educators be massacred just a few short months ago, how they can just sit there and DO NOTHING is beyond me. Clearly they've lost any connection to anything other than partisan politics and re-election...and sadly, that includes humanity.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014