The national Republican party is utterly useless when it comes to fighting for conservatism or beating back Democrat lies, but they do have one specialty, and there’s nobody who’s even a close second: pulling defeat from the jaws of victory.
At Breitbart, AWR Hawkins draws attention to the following tweet from Democrat Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut:
Big news: super close to a bipartisan breakthrough on gun legislation. Stay tuned…
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 15, 2017
And what form might this “bipartisan breakthrough” take? The smart money — assuming, of course, that Murphy’s not just blowing smoke — would be on some sort of federal restriction of those notorious bump stocks:
Sen. Murphy personally pushed for a ban on bump stocks and “assault weapons,” and called for more background checks as well […]
Nine Senate Republicans signed a letter calling for a hearing on bump stocks after the Las Vegas attack. The nine signatories were Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), James Lankford (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tim Scott (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), James Inhofe (R-OK), and John Cornyn (R-TX).
Of these, Cornyn emerged after the November 5 Texas church attack with an eye to gun legislation. The Washington Times reported Cornyn was one of a small number of Republicans who believe “there is room for a limited gun control debate.”
As a quick refresher, Rebekah Curtis explains at the Federalist that bump stocks basically help increase a gun’s rate of fire (though still not making it truly automatic) while maintaining a (still-diminished) degree of accuracy. Because — are you sitting down? — unloading more bullets in a shorter period of time is fun.
Second, Tom Knighton explains at Bearing Arms that banning bump stocks would be both futile (the same basic effect can also be achieved with a rubber band) and pointless, because bump-fire is “notoriously inaccurate” and ineffective “unless you have a large mass of folks you can aim at, but once people start to disperse, the effectiveness ends.”
In response to Breitbart’s inquiries, Cornyn’s office denied that the senator has been in contact with Murphy on the issue. So the question is, who do we believe? The untrustworthy leftist zealot, or the untrustworthy moderate squish?
On the one hand, Murphy has every incentive to not only push a narrative that Republicans should cave, but set up bogus expectations that they will. That way, if it turns out Republicans don’t join the gun grabbers, Democrats can still pretend the GOP was going to do the “right thing,” but got scared out of it by their far-right base and the eeeeeeevil financial support of that perennial boogeyman, the National Rifle Association.
On the other hand, Murphy probably wouldn’t bother attempting this stunt in the first place if it wasn’t disturbingly plausible. Conservatives have simply seen too many occasions on which Congressional Republicans have demonstrated that they lack either the interest or the courage to fight for conservative principles, or even to simply do their number-one job of protecting our constitutional rights.
Worse, as Hawkins noted, at least nine GOP senators have already signaled their willingness to at least play footsie with the Left’s manufactured bump-stock hysteria.
What do you think will ultimately happen, and how should Republican voters respond? Let us know your thoughts below.