On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress declared independence. George Washington declared that day that “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves....The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.” A useful reminder for us, in a week when we rightly celebrate a Declaration, a document embodying a great idea, that speech needs to be backed up by arms, and that all still depends on the "courage and conduct" of our armed forces.
With an email today from the daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the group formerly known as the Obama reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, is reigniting the fight over guns in America.
"My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut," the email from Erica Lafferty begins.
"Six months ago today, she was shot and killed in her school, along with five of her coworkers and 20 of her students."
As was expected, the Toomey-Manchin gun control amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases failed to get the required 60 votes in the Senate this afternoon. The measure failed 56-44, with four Republicans voting for it -- John McCain, R-Ariz.; Mark Kirk, R-Ill.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Five Democrats, mostly representing rural pro-gun constituencies, voted against it including Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mark Pryor, D-Ark; Max Baucus, D-Mont.; and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
Texas senator John Cornyn announced this morning that he's offering "National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation" in the Senate, according to a press release from his office.
"U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced an amendment to S. 649 which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines and within other states that also have conceal-carry laws," the press release from his office reads.