By Michele McPhee
So, House Republicans started their vacation at 10:14 pm last night, maybe stopping to smoke a cigar and sip a Cognac while House Democrats slept on the floor, engaged in mob rule, with least one who stashed a toothbrush in her purse.
The saddest thing about the ongoing chaotic pageantry is both sides of the aisle absolute insistences on not negotiating – or passing – a common sense piece of legislation that was first filed in February 2015, long before the carnage was committed by a terror suspect who had been questioned by the FBI, at least twic
Nor does anyone both to point out that the bill had bipartisan support and was authored and filed by a Republican, Congressman Pete King.
King knows all too well the painful and unending toll of terrorism as a New York federal lawmaker. On that terrible morning of September 11, 2001 2,996 people were murdered in an unimaginably savage act of bloodletting at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Not a single gun was used.
Still, in the ensuing years it became abundantly clear that jihadi were willing to use anything they could get their hands on to kill the infidel, which, I must point out, is all of us who don’t believe in Sharia law; who don’t believe in stoning women to death or throwing homosexuals off rooftops or holding captive little girls as sex slaves. That includes Muslims who are not signing on to that perverted version of the Islamic faith. More Muslims have been killed in Syria since ISIS took over large swaths of that country than American journalists or foreign aid workers.
The threat of terrorists using any weapon – including guns – to kill us prompted Congressman Pete King now H.R.1076 – Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015. The language is fairly simple: increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of firearms or explosives licenses to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist.
But in December 2015 the bill was “discharged” from the Committee on the Judiciary. Which is essentially a polite term for the bill was killed. Among the lawmakers who voted to table the no-brainer legislation are the same Massachusetts Democrats now sitting on the House floor, including Katherine Clark; Joseph Kennedy III; Stephen Lynch; Seth Moulton, William Keating, even though those same lawmakers signed on as cosponsors to the bill.
Now those very lawmakers who signed a petition to table the bill in December are screaming “No Bill, No Break.” If Congress can’t pass something as clear-cut as the bipartisan H.R. 1076 then we are in big trouble in this country.
Schoolhouse Rock said it best:
“I’m just a bill.
Yes, I’m only a bill.
And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.
Well, it’s a long, long journey
To the capital city.
It’s a long, long wait
While I’m sitting in committee,
But I know I’ll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will,
But today I am still just a bill.”