The script that everyone in government follows after a horrific massacre involving guns is in full force. First politicians of all stripes condemn the action and argue that something must be done. Than the NRA and its allies mount a campaign that argues the easy access to guns is not the problem. Next legislation is introduced to curb just a few of the egregious aspects of allowing the public to have automatic weapons. The final act is where the legislation dies, no one notices or cares, and everyone moves on to the next gruesome act where the process is repeated.
Such is the case now, with the news that the Senate may have enough votes to overcome a filibuster by Republicans opposed to any gun measures and actually debate and pass a gun law.
A bipartisan group of senators has struck a deal to expand gun background checks to all commercial sales — whether at gun shows, via the Internet or in any circumstance involving paid advertising, according to Senate aides familiar with the talks.
That’s right, the legislation would require background checks. So the process of buying a gun would involve checking the purchaser to see if they were a convicted mass murderer. If they were they probably would not be denied the right to buy the gun (after all that would violate their Constitutional right to kill 20 or 30 people) but it would be noted that they did undergo a background check.
So what will happen? The Senate will pass the bill. It will go to the House where it will never be brought to a vote (or if it is, it will be soundly defeated). Politicians on both sides will go home to voters saying they fought the good fight, please re-elect me, and also, please don’t shoot me.