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Apr 9, 2013

McCain ‘doesn’t understand filibuster’ or anything else

Probably the only good thing to come out of the 2008 election was that John McCain failed in his bid to become President.  Obama, despite his stupidity, his failings, shortcomings, and nonsensical ideas, was the better man at the time.  He had convictions albeit wrong ones, but McCain had none and still doesn’t.
McCain is the guy who called Rand Paul and Ted Cruz ‘whacko birds’ for the Paul filibuster over the potential use of drone strikes on American citizens on American soil, which made Paul a household name.  Now he claims not to understand why twelve Republicans would stand up for the Second Amendment: 
Sen. John McCain says he doesn't understand the threats from some of his Republican colleagues to filibuster a bill on background checks to buy guns. 
"I don't understand it," the Arizona Republican said on Sunday of the threat coming from Sen. Rand Paul,Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee and nine other Republicans. "The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.” 
"What are we afraid of? ... If this issue is as important as we all think it is, why not take ... it up and debate?" McCain said on CBS's "Face the Nation." “Everybody wants the same goal to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally disabled." 
An examination of background checks, he said, is "something that the American people and certainly Congress could be helped by if we have a vigorous debate and discussion." 
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he also wants gun legislation to make it to the floor.
Once background checks are enacted into law, unless there are strict conditions applied, the characteristics disqualifying a person from gun ownership can be expanded to the point where it is almost impossible for a law abiding citizen to qualify.  There needs to be a way to prevent people suffering mental illness or who have a history of coercive activities from gun ownership, however this must not be able to be expanded to include every American.
A guy who cannot understand why a Senator would stand against drone strikes against American citizens on American soil is hardly the ‘go to’ guy on Second Amendment issues. 
It would be difficult to imagine a more unworthy successor to Barry Goldwater in the US Senate than McCain.

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