The Republican architect of a compromise background check deal with Democrats is being sharply criticized by conservatives for dreaming up an ineffective proposal that would delight former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.
Erick Erickson, the influential editor of RedState.com, issued a note to associates slamming Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey for the compromise proposal, cut with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, that some moderate Republicans have embraced.
"Arlen Specter would be so proud of Pat Toomey giving the Republicans cover to go left," Erickson wrote with a reference to the late moderate Republican senator who switched parties at the end of his career.
Erickson and the leaders of a GOP filibuster effort to block gun control legislation from being debated on the floor charge that the Toomey-Manchin plan won't do much to cut crime but will give Democrats feel-good legislation to herald in upcoming elections. His note is below:
Dear RedState Reader,
Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin have released their gun control compromise plan.
This proposal will scratch the itch to do something, but will do nothing at all except expand bureaucracy and complicate the buying of guns by law abiding citizens. Importantly, the proposal would not stop events like Newtown or Columbine or the daily massacre in Chicago.
Arlen Specter would be so proud of Pat Toomey giving the Republicans cover to go left.
Toomey and Manchin will spend some time making sure everyone knows what their proposal will not do. For example, they are going to be pushing hard that the proposal won't ban any guns, won't take away any guns, won't create a registry of guns, and will not infringe uptown the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
Why all the spin? Because the proposal will, in fact, infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.
There'll be expanded background checks for citizens wanting to purchase firearms. There will be restriction on private sales. Note they will emphasize that there are classes of people who will be exempt from background checks, but they will be reducing the ability to conduct private sales.
All gun shows will have to have background checks. The FBI will be required to prioritize the background checks on gun shows over store front dealerships, which seems to be an admission to a new burden on gun buying.
Over all, and I think this is key, this is ephemeral bull. It would not stop events like Newtown or Columbine or the daily massacre in Chicago.
But by God they're going to do something!!
Tell your Senator to oppose this feel good expansion of bureaucracy.