Update, April 11: The Senate voted 68-31 this morning to move forward on a gun control bill, heading off a threatened filibuster by Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz. According to USA Today, those three senators "said they forced the filibuster-breaking 'cloture' vote because the legislation was unfinished, and no one has seen the final language of a key amendment." According to the same article, the same three senators "have said that they intend to draw out debate on the measure for as long as they can."
For supporters of our Right to Bear Arms, this headline from Congressional Quarterly today is alarming: "Senate Momentum Shifting in Favor of Gun Control Legislation."
This article went on to say: "Momentum swung sharply Wednesday behind the most ambitious gun control legislation to reach the Senate floor in nearly two decades, as negotiators in both parties announced eleventh-hour deals on background checks and gun trafficking."
Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said: "It will take a little bit of time but as I've said for months now, the American people deserve a vote on background checks, on federal trafficking, on safety in school, on the size of clips, and on, yes, assault weapons."
Reid will attempt to introduce gun control legislation, S. 649, tomorrow morning (April 11) on the Senate floor. Senator Rand Paul has vowed to filibuster to stop the Senate from beginning debate on Reid's bill. Twelve GOP senators have signed a letter of support for Paul's planned filibuster, saying: "We will oppose the motion to proceed on any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions."
The twelve Republican senators who publicly support Paul's filibuster are: Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho, and Dan Coats of Indiana.
Reid will need 60 votes to proceed to debate the new gun control legislation. Forty-one votes can stop him, at least temporarily.
Click here to contact your senators immediately by email and let them know that you "Stand with Rand" and his filibuster of Reid's gun control bill. Also tell them that you are opposed to any new gun control legislation, period.
Click here for your senators' phone numbers. Give them a call by mid-morning tomorrow (April 11) with the same message.