(FreedomWire.org) – West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has a lot of power in the United States Senate. He doesn’t hold a leadership role, but with the Senate’s 50-50 split it means he has a lot of hold over what has a shot of passing and what doesn’t.
On gun control, he hasn’t really budged much.
In the wake of the Buffalo mass shooting, Senate Democrats want to hold a vote for gun control. The problem for them is that Manchin isn’t on board with their plans.
The racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo is putting new pressure on Democrats to consider gun-control legislation, but once again Manchin is emerging as a problem for them.
On Tuesday, Manchin said, his old proposal negotiated with the retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) that could expand background checks for commercial transactions is the best option.
“I support the Manchin-Toomey, I’ve always done that,” he said. “The Manchin-Toomey is the one. I think if you can’t get that one, then why try to do something just for basically voting for the sake of voting?”
However, he’s right that it’s the bill with the best chance of passing an actual vote, but just barely.
Manchin can ultimately dictate what bills go where in the Senate because he’s one of the only Democrat not interested in voting in lockstep. He can’t vote in lockstep with other Democrats if he wants to hold onto his job.
That’s the saving grace of the moment because if Manchin did decide to move in lockstep, the only thing that would protect our Second Amendment rights would be the filibuster.
The truth of the matter is that while this push is happening because of Buffalo, a universal background check law wouldn’t actually have made an impact. New York already has one and, as we can see, it did nothing to stop the shooter from obtaining a firearm.
Why are Democrats trying to vote on something that isn’t going to pass anyway? It is all for show. They need to put on a performance so they can tell their base that they tried.
Thankfully, Manchin isn’t playing the game.