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Ind. Dem Donnelly opposing assault weapons ban
Associated Press via jconline.com ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Tom LoBianco

Posted on 01/31/2013 9:04:46 AM PST by 68skylark

Edited on 01/31/2013 10:14:45 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Freshman Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is opposing a ban on assault weapons sought by President Barack Obama.

A Donnelly spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Indiana lawmaker will vote against the ban but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: assaultweapon; banglist; democrats; guncontrol; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus
I remember 1994, when both Indiana senators (who were both Republicans) supported the ban on so-called "assault weapons." This time around, there seems to be a lot less support across the whole political spectrum.
1 posted on 01/31/2013 9:04:54 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

And one of those IN senators left and is now back (Coats). Wonder which way he’ll swing this time.


2 posted on 01/31/2013 9:10:08 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: 68skylark

I remember watching the proceedings on c-span back then and I was nearly physically sick when the useless waste of time passed. And now we have the push on again. Thankfully with the internet and twitter and texting the word gets passed around a whole lot quicker so we can react in almost real time. Every Monday I go to the Ruger site and re-email their link in support of the 2nd amendment. I don’t really care if the pols get tired of it. They’ll keep getting them until this insanity comes to a screeching halt. No registration/background checks beyond what is already there. NONE! Leave my rights alone and I’ll leave you alone. Too many of the idiots in congress still do not understand that the BOR does NOT grant us anything. It is supposed to protect our rights. They need some schoolin’.


3 posted on 01/31/2013 9:13:08 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: cotton1706
Yeah, I think Sen. Coats is leaning against the idea this time around. Good for him.

Part of his statement is: "As we learn more about the president’s proposals, we must protect Second Amendment rights and ensure the federal government does not punish responsible gun owners. I will not support legislation or executive actions that would affect gun ownership rights for law-abiding citizens, including any assault weapons ban."

http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/indiana/coats-issues-statment-on-gun-control-proposals

4 posted on 01/31/2013 9:16:34 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

” but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.”

That is what they are really after...this time.


5 posted on 01/31/2013 9:20:09 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: 68skylark

He must be up for re-election in 2014.


6 posted on 01/31/2013 9:20:17 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: 68skylark

Yup, twists with prevailing winds of the day. Apparently, he couldn’t figure that out in 1994.


7 posted on 01/31/2013 9:21:08 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Gaffer

Sen. Donnelly was just elected in 2012. He’ll run again (if he wants to) in 2018.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 9:27:35 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

“Yeah, I think Sen. Coats is leaning against the idea this time around. Good for him.”

You might want to look at this graphic. Coats is listed in the C/D column.
http://projects.propublica.org/guns/#nra


9 posted on 01/31/2013 9:27:55 AM PST by vette6387
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To: 68skylark; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; ...
RE :”A Donnelly spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Indiana lawmaker will vote against the ban but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.
Donnelly represents a key bloc of moderate to conservative Democrats the president must win over. The announcement also marks a key early stance from Donnelly just a few months after winning a state that went heavily for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in last year's election

Senate Rats putting survival over their lib ‘principles’ ping!

Over at Morning Joe: Joe , Mika and Lawrence OD on his show they spent their time PERSONALLY attacking that 2nd amendment babe Gayle Trotter who testified to Senate committee about women who used guns to defend themselves,

Still waiting for them (MSNBC) to turn on their fellow cowardly Rats in the Senate who are putting survival over ‘principle’ by not supporting Feinstein's critical bill to save children's lives :)

Want to play with Dems heads?? : then call Donnelly's office as an angry Dem and call him a coward for jumping ship, LOL

10 posted on 01/31/2013 9:30:48 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: cotton1706
I don't mind when a politician changes their positions on issues -- as long as their new positions are better than the old ones. I like to think of it as "growing in office."

I think Sen. Coats is maturing with experience (especially the experience of watching Sen. Lugar get defeated).

11 posted on 01/31/2013 9:32:08 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: vette6387
Yeah, I'm aware of Sen. Coats weak record on gun issues.

Based on his recent statements, it sounds like he's not supporting the "assault weapons" ban at this time. And I think that's a good thing.

12 posted on 01/31/2013 9:36:29 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

especially the experience of watching Sen. Lugar get defeated

Exactly!!


13 posted on 01/31/2013 9:39:49 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: 68skylark

Let’s hope that they also don’t support an ammunition or “high capacity” magazine ban.


14 posted on 01/31/2013 9:40:27 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: sickoflibs
but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.

the holy grail & wet dream...

15 posted on 01/31/2013 9:46:54 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: 68skylark

I hate Donnelly with a passion, but I have no doubt in my mind that Dick Lugar would have been happy to help out his “good friend across the aisle” in her zealous quest to ban guns.

IIRC he was willing and ready to get on board the UN handgun treaty.

Dick could very well have put one of these gun laws over the top.

Goodbye and good riddance to the old RINO


16 posted on 01/31/2013 9:50:40 AM PST by digger48
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To: Gilbo_3

hey, if Dems are even worried about voting for background checks you know we got a ‘pant wetter’ here.

Popcorn time !


17 posted on 01/31/2013 9:54:26 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: 68skylark

“especially the experience of watching Sen. Lugar get defeated”

Apparently, Senator Pryor of AR is also against an assault weapons ban. Pryor is up for re-election next year.

Politicians seem to be aware that the people are awake and watching. Good!


18 posted on 01/31/2013 10:13:30 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: vette6387

Thanks for that. Surprised that Donnelly had a better rating that Coats and I let him know.


19 posted on 01/31/2013 10:47:18 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: SVTCobra03
Let’s hope that they also don’t support an ammunition or “high capacity” magazine ban.

Well if enough voters contact Congress, those proposals won't be passed.

20 posted on 01/31/2013 11:01:20 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: digger48
I know that politics can bring out strong feelings. Still, if you approve of this position by Sen. Donnelly, you might consider dropping him a note to say "thanks" if you haven't done so already. I think that kind of positive reinforcement helps politicians take good positions on the issues.

I didn't vote for Sen. Donnelly in the last election, but I appreciate his position on this issue, and I sent a note to let him know.

21 posted on 01/31/2013 11:17:10 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

I think we could sway him and the senator from ND to switch to Independents caucausing with the Republicans. Can we find 3 more?


22 posted on 01/31/2013 11:29:15 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I like your optimistic attitude. Unfortunately, the chance of Sen. Donnelly switching parties is probably around zero. Correct me if I'm wrong about that.

The best we can hope for is that he'll occasionally be a Democratic "maverick" and occasionally work with Republicans.

If and when that happens, he'll get hammered by liberals in DC. They can be vicious. So it's important for conservatives back home to drop him a note to say "thanks."

23 posted on 01/31/2013 11:43:31 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

Donnelley is gonna get a taste of what his party thinks of “moderates”.


24 posted on 02/03/2013 7:37:39 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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