U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Senate now moving to debate gun control.
"I welcome a debate on the Second Amendment in the United States Senate. I want to proceed to this bill. I want to debate it. I am not afraid.
"Some have asked why I opposed filibustering a procedural motion to move forward. Here's my reasoning.
Many Senators have refused to even take a position on some of these issues for fear of angering one side or the other. There's only one way to see where Senators actually stand -- make them vote.
Filibustering right now means Senators get a free pass. Some politicians' dream scenario is one where they don't actually have to vote For or Against a proposal but can tell each side they were with them all along. Again, let's make Senators vote.
Nothing the Democrats are proposing would have prevented the Sandy Hook massacre. We need Senators on record. Do you support these proposals?
The legislation can still be filibustered after today in the United States Senate. And even if gun control legislation passes the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate it is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Finally, I have my own legislation, supported by the NRA, which I want to bring forward in the Senate. My legislation would make a real difference in keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
It's designed to prevent individuals like Alice Boland, a mentally disturbed individual who once pled "Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity' in federal court for threatening to kill the President of the United States from legally buying a firearm. Under current law, she was able to pass a background check, buy a pistol, and go to Ashley Hall School in Charleston where she tried to shoot several school officials. One bullet in her hands is one too many.
"Again, I welcome a debate on gun control and you should too. The American people deserve to see where their elected representatives stand on the Second Amendment. Let's vote."