Several major provisions of the Toomey-Manchin bill went down in flames today. This was predictable. Even if it had passed the Senate, it was unlikely to pass the House.
The media and the President, of course, are blaming the NRA, with the latter dragging out shooting victims to make his case. They’re ignoring the very serious problems with the bill that I noted in my previous post on the subject.
The vote, however, was close. And I think that an expansion of background checks will pass if the bill is rewritten. But the Democrats are going to have to put forth a clean narrow bill. I’m not sure that’s something they know how to do.
Update: I want to emphasize a point, since the liberal media seems to be missing it: nothing in this bill would have stopped Newtown. This bill may decrease gun violence in general, especially for suicides. But it would not have stopped Newtown.