The morning after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough raged against the lawmakers who blocked the bill.
Yes, I agree with Joe Scarborough. The people are on the side of reasonable gun control, and it's only a matter of time before we win. Remember the despair after Prop 8 passed in California? Look where we are on same-sex marriage and civil rights, just a few years later. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, the arc of the universe bends toward justice. Via Think Progress:
The morning after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough raged against the lawmakers who blocked the bill. Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman, predicted both his party as well as the “Democrats who cowered in the corner” would “pay a heavy price” in the 2014 midterm elections.
As the show flashed images of each senator who voted against the measure, Scarborough reminded viewers that 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks, an even more extensive proposal than the one ultimately included in the failed bill. The former GOP legislator warned that his party will face “extinction” for opposing such an overwhelmingly popular bill:
You don’t ignore 90 percent of what the voting population wants when you’re talking about the safety of Americans, of our families, of our communities, of our schools. The safety that we feel when we send our kids to malls, to churches, to college…I just want to be clear. I said this party is heading towards extinction. Talking about the 2013 version of the Republican Party. A new Republican Party, though, is going to come in its place. This sort of extremism is going to be called out by the 90%. We’re the 90% and we are going to win. This is just the first battle.
Indeed, the senators voting for the gun violence prevention measure represent 194 million people, roughly 65 percent of the entire American population, yet were defeated by a minority representing just 118 million people. Scarborough’s fury over these counterintuitive numbers echoes President Obama, who called out senators yesterday for choosing special interests over the American people.
It's an ongoing problem. The more sparsely populated a state is, the safer the seat. That's why lobbyist target senators from those states -- they're the most susceptible to corruption. For this and many other reasons, we need to get the money out of politics.
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