Traitor!on April 15, 2013 @ 6:50 am (Updated: 9:34 am - 4/15/13 )
"There is not a single word in this legislation that in anyway infringes on the second amendment rights of a law abiding citizen," said Toomey.
So he says. But the Gun Owners of America sent out a news release labeling Toomey a traitor, and I called up their legislative director Mike Hammond - and asked, "a traitor?"
"Well we think he's pulled the same stunt that his predecessor Arlen Specter pulled, and that is, in order to cling desperately to his seat, he flips to the other position," said Hammond.
Hammond points out that background checks would not have made a difference in recent high profile shootings.
"They passed background checks before they started shooting in Aurora and Tuscon," he said.
"But that's because mental illness wasn't a part of it," I said. "So if it had been, would that be OK?"
"If you mean mental illness should be defined differently so that an individual, simply by seeing a psychiatrist - and this is problem with Toomey incidentally - seeing a shrink, lose your gun phenomenon."
It sounds to me like the Gun Owners of America are not in the mood to compromise.
"We're on the verge, I think, of stopping gun control in America," said Hammond. "And Toomey is desperately trying to resurrect it."
710 ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil says the Seahawks win Sunday adds hope for rest of season
Week In Photos
This week's heart-stopping photos from around the world
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.