Adam Lanza, NRA Poster Boy

It may finally be that Wayne LaPecker has gotten too crazy for even the gun fringe.

90% of us support universal background checks. A measurable number of that 90% would have to be gun owners themselves. The organization that decided that it “represents” us has fought even the most minimal safeguard, tooth and nail. The NRA has made it easier in a lot of places to buy a gun than it is to buy a bottle of booze. Now I don’t know about you, but I prefer that kids and nutjobs have an easier time getting tanked than they have acquiring enough firepower to wipe out a small town.

Thankfully (and surprisingly,) other gun groups also feel this way, and they’re making it known. I hope this is the start of a trend.

 

In anticipation of Senate votes this week on a proposed expansion of criminal background checks for firearms sales, one gun rights organization broke with the powerful National Rifle Association on Sunday to urge support for a compromise drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.).

The endorsement by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms — which calls itself the second-largest gun rights organization in the country, behind the NRA, claiming 650,000 members and supporters — is one of several moves over the past few days that have provided a boost to the hopes of proponents of background checks.

While leading gun-control advocates — including President Obama and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) — back the bipartisan proposal, the announcement of support Sunday from the Citizens Committee reveals that substantial parts of the bill are viewed as “wins” for the gun lobby, including provisions that would prohibit a government registry of gun ownership and make it easier to transport and market weapons across state lines.

Though news of a split in the usually unified gun lobby cheered gun-control advocates, the gun lobby can count other probable wins in the current debate, such as the likely defeat of legislation to limit military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Now, an expansion of background-check requirements for gun sales is considered the most likely major achievement.

Frankly, the notion of a national registry does not bother me. It seems to me that a “well-regulated Militia” would by default include a roster of weaponry. But, barring that rather common-sense move, I’ll take what I can get. This is a great start.

And I sincerely hope it’s the beginning of the end of Wayne LaPecker’s ownership of Congress.

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