The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “‘I Don’t Understand It’: McCain BLASTS GOP Threat to Filibuster Gun Bill” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/don-t-understand-mccain-blasts-gop-threat-filibuster-194023898.html).
“Sen. John McCain on Sunday (April 7, 2013) once again found himself at odds with Republican colleagues Rand Paul and Ted Cruz when he slammed their intention to filibuster ANY GUN CONTROL legislation”. .
on CBS‘ “Face the Nation”, McCain said: “I don’t understand it” :obviously. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to DEBATE and to vote and to let the people know where we stand“. In short, CONGRESS (BOTH the House & the Senate) is supposed to do THE PEOPLE’S work. Unfortunately many POLITICIANS in Washington seem to be doing THEIR OWN work or increasingly the work of LOBBYISTS. “I don’t understand it. WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF?.If this issue is as important as all of us think it is…WHY NOT take it up and debate?” EXACTLY/PRECISELY.
“He added that “everybody wants the same goal, to keep the guns out of the hands of CRIMINALS and THE MENTALLY DISABLED“.
Finally, “Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), also on “Face the Nation” agreed that it would be “VERY WRONG” to filibuster and said senators should at least be allowed to DEBATE“. “PLEASE let us go to the floor. IF we go to the floor, I’m still HOPEFUL that what I call the sweet spot, BACKGROUND CHECKS, can succeed…HOPEFULLY, people will RISE TO THE OCCASION“. It DOES NOT look good for GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES here. It certainly seems like WAYNE LAPIERRE and the NRA has won here.
So McCain IS INDEED a maverick…on GUN CONTROL. However it’s easy to see why many Republicans are so VEHEMENTLY opposed to stricter gun control laws. Many Republicans are LIFETIME NRA MEMBERS. The NRA gives politicians votes and more importantly MONEY for their campaigns.