As we’ve noted before, Republicans only need 41 votes to stop any bad piece of legislation. Unfortunately, seven Republicans have already expressed opposition to a filibuster against the Reid gun control bill: John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Susan Collins (Maine). This will allow the bill to get rolling and debate to commence.
We’ve learned from past experience that once bills proceed to debate, Republicans usually cut a deal with Democrats in the end and either agree to pass the bill or to lower the threshold for passage down to 51 from 60, thereby ensuring passage of the bill. This bill will be no different. Please read more about our concerns with the bill here.
Harry Reid plans to vote on cloture this Thursday. Please call those 7 Republicans and tell them that when the Bill of Rights reads “shall not be infringed” with regards to the Second Amendment, it means exactly that.
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