The ever reliable John McCain.

Note: I haven’t and don’t plan on writing about the attack in Boston yesterday. The truth is, there’s nothing to write about. We don’t have any facts related to who was involved or the motive for the attack. There’s plenty of utterly stupid speculation – see Cynthia McKinny and Alex Jones for two – and I refuse to join that crowd.

Our prayers are with the people of Boston and the families directly impacted by the bombing and for the police agencies as they sort out the evidence.

Now, about the ever reliable John McCain.

Turn In GunsI live in Phoenix. John McCain is my US Senator. He has show himself to be absolutely reliable as a member of the US Senate. I like to say his comment that he’s “very favorably disposed” to the Toomey-Manchin amendment is due to the fact that he’s a senile old fool, but he’s been on the wrong side of every important issue since he went to Congress.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, says he is “very favorably disposed” toward the recently unveiled proposal from Sens. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, that would expand gun-purchase background checks to sales online and at gun shows.

“First of all, I’d like to thank Pat and Joe for their work together,” Mr. McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Mr. McCain said the overwhelming majority of American people want to strengthen the background check system and there were questions he still had about the Internet part of the amendment.

“But look, I appreciate their work,” he said. “The American people want to do what we can to prevent these tragedies, and there’s a lot more that needs to be done, particularly in the area of mental health.”

Really John. You obviously haven’t read the bill.

David Kopel at The Volokh Conspiracy, who happens be a Constitutional Law professor and an author on 2nd Amendment issues wrote this week (and please read the whole article, it’ll be an enlightening five minutes)…

The Toomey-Manchin Amendment which may be offered as soon as Tuesday to Senator Reid’s gun control bill are billed as a “compromise” which contain a variety of provisions for gun control, and other provisions to enhance gun rights. Some of the latter, however, are not what they seem. They are badly miswritten, and are in fact major advancements for gun control. In particular:

  • The provision which claims to outlaw national gun registration in fact authorizes a national gun registry.
  • The provision which is supposed to strengthen existing federal law protecting the interstate transportation of personal firearms in fact cripples that protection.

Gee, a bill that was jammed together and will be offered with essentially no hearings is poorly written and actually does the opposite of what’s it allegedly designed to do. We’ve never seen that before, have we?

The supporters of the T-M amendment are trying to make hay from the fact that the legislation contains wording that makes a gun owner’s registry illegal with criminal penalties of up to 15 years.

The proponents of Schumer-Toomey-Manchin are making a big deal about the criminal penalty of up to 15 years for violating the bill’s narrow restrictions on some forms of federal gun registration. A federal prosecution would, of course, have to be initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, which is to say the very Department which would have violated the anti-registry provision in the first place. Expecting felony self-prosecution seems highly unrealistic. A far more effective anti-registry deterrent would have been a civil cause of action, with liquidated damages and attorneys fees, against any individuals who participated in the creation of a registry.

In other words, the probability of criminal prosecution happening is as likely as criminal prosecution in Fast & Furious or the death of Border Patrol officer Brian Terry here in Arizona.

Well John, at least you’re holding true to your standards, never passing up an opportunity to legislate away your constituents constitutional rights.

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