Senate Proposes Gun Control, McConaughey Cheers

Senate Proposes Gun Control, McConaughey Cheers

Senate Proposes Gun Control, McConaughey Cheers

Matthew McConaughey’s dearest dream is coming true, apparently. The Senate got together to Do Something™ on gun control!

The actor is just rejoicing at the news that Something™ is happening.

McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde, Texas, said that for the first time in 30 years, said on an Instagram story “‘something’ has happened.”

“For the first time in 30 years, ‘something’ has happened. The Senate has agreed on a bipartisan framework of policies that can enhance gun responsibility in America and save lives,” McConaughey said.”

“‘Something’ has been done in the effort to stop some of the deranged individuals that, with every horrific act, abuse and hijack the Second Amendment,” McConaughey said. “‘Something’ has moved that we hope can help deliver on our shared effort to make the loss of so many lives matter.”

McConaughey said that he offers thanks to the people who made this possible.”

“I do offer a firm handshake and a sincere ‘thank you’ to the members on both sides who came together and laid out this framework that can advance gun responsibility and save lives,” he added.”

The actor, however, recognized that there’s still a lot of “hard work” for both parties to do, but said that Americans need to encourage “everyone at the table to act in good faith.”

“Let’s recognize that today’s announcement doesn’t mean we have a solution, but it does support more responsible gun ownership. There is still a lot of hard work for both parties, so let’s continue to encourage everyone at the table to act in good faith and give them our support to get this job done,” McConaughey said.”

Sooooo…. what exactly was the Something™ that got done? Let’s have a look at what can make an actor gush like this when it isn’t award season in Hollywood.

Twenty senators — 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans — signed a statement announcing the framework deal. The move indicated that the agreement could have enough GOP support to defeat a filibuster, the Senate supermajority rule that has impeded previous gun legislation.”

Wait, what? All that happened was that twenty senators presented a “framework” for a new gun control bill. That’s it??? They literally signed a letter that said “Hey we have ideas that we agree on, so we will work on writing a bill now.” And in Matthew McConaughey’s mind, that’s Doing Something™? This is the equivalent of a guy showing his girlfriend a list of potential gifts that he might buy her for her birthday, and then she announces on Instagram that he is just THE BEST BOYFRIEND EVER, THANK YOU SINCERELY, now go and do the “hard work” of shopping for the gift.

This can be Example #6152 of why actors are suckers when it comes politics. They live in the world of the superficial and the fake, and it doesn’t get more superficial and fake than twenty senators signing a statement to Do Something™. Good grief.

So, what does the “framework” actually list out?

Under the tentative deal, a federal grant program would encourage states to implement red-flag laws that allow authorities to keep guns away from people found by a judge to represent a potential threat to themselves or others, while federal criminal background checks for gun buyers younger than 21 would include a mandatory search of juvenile justice and mental health records for the first time.”

Other provisions would prevent gun sales to domestic violence offenders other than spouses, closing what is often called the “boyfriend loophole”; clarify which gun sellers are required to register as federal firearms dealers and, thus, run background checks on customers; and establish new federal offenses related to gun trafficking.”

The agreement does not include a provision supported by President Biden, congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans that would raise the minimum age for the purchase of at least some rifles from 18 to 21. Handguns are already subject to a federal 21-and-older rule.”

And if you think the right is not going to be excited about this, wait until you see what the left doesn’t want.

Kind of giving away the game here, aren’t you, Juvenile Law Center? Because of course, the left doesn’t want ACTUAL compromise, they just want to confiscate guns. And the right had better be very, very wary of the game being played here.

The test of this “framework” deal isn’t that the Senate has a potentially filibuster-proof compromise on its hands. No, the test of the deal will be when legislation actually gets written down, and we see where the supposed “compromises” begin to come in. After all, all these senators did was sign a pledge to work on a bill. There was no actual promise that they would vote for whatever bill is created.

Matthew McConaughey seems to be pretty easily convinced that Something™ is happening. What’s the over/under on him learning that the Senate is just as cynical and shallow and backstabbing as Hollywood before the midterm elections?

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  • Yeah-Me-Neither says:

    The Republican Senators signing on to this mess are the usual gang of useless idiots. John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

    You could find a more useless group of people, but you’d have to work hard at it.

    What they’ve traded is something for nothing. The Dem’s goal was and is “red flag” laws, which is just another word of depriving you of your Constitutional right to due process. In exchange, the Republicans will get NOTHING for mental health, enforcement of existing laws, or school safety. Those are things that the Democrats oppose and, while they’ll include them in some form in legislation, they’ll be toothless, underfunded, and not applied.

    In a year or two, the Democrats will say, “If we really want to incentive red flag laws, we should just pass them at the Federal level.” The Republicans, feckless every one of them, will go along.

    Write your Senator, urging them to oppose any legislation coming from this framework. Right one or two of the Feckless 10, as well.

  • Scott says:

    I’ve got a suggestion on gun legislation. The immediate and complete repeal of any and all unConstitutional gun laws including the gun control acts of 1934 and 1968. This should be immediately followed with a law requiring the death penalty, to be carried out in no more than 6 months after conviction of anyone using a firearm in the commission of a crime, as well as complete presumptive immunity for anyone using a firearm in self defense. Add in the same punishment clause for anyone convicted of drug possession with intent to distribute, and we might get on the path to taking out Republic (it’s not a democracy dammit!) back!

    Jefferson had it right…
    Societies exist under three forms sufficiently distinguishable. 1. Without government, as among our Indians. 2. Under governments wherein the will of every one has a just influence, as is the case in England in a slight degree, and in our states in a great one. 3. Under governments of force: as is the case in all other monarchies and in most of the other republics. To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the 1st. condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has it’s evils too: the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. – Jefferson to Madison, January 30, 17871

  • Scott says:

    Ooh, i forgot reestablishing mental institutions. Those that are too dangerous to live among civilized people (if we can still call our nation such) need to be locked away where they can’t hurt anyone. Establish strong oversite to ensure that the abuses of the past don’t reoccur, but allowing the seriously mentally ill to walk about unfettered only exacerbates other problems

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