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Schumer and Cardin Play Senate

August 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Missed today’s two-person, 30-minute session of the United States Senate? Watch it right here:








The two senators who were actually present for the session — Sen. Ben Cardin [D, MD] in the role of presiding officer and Sen. Chuck Schumer [D, NY] on the floor — managed to get four pieces of legislative business taken care of before adjourning again for the rest of the August recess.

First, they executed the second reading of two bills (puting them on the calendar for consideration when the full Senate returns in September):

  • H.R. 5827 – Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010
  • S. 3762 – A bill to reinstate funds to Federal Land Disposal Account

That first bill would allow people in bankruptcy to exempt up to three guns from creditors’ claims. It was passed by the House in last week by a vote of 307-113.

Why Congress want to make sure that people under the stress of bankruptcy proceeding have guns, of all things, is beyond me, but the fact that this bill is moving forward while all gun-control measures are dying in committee is just further evidence that the 2008 rush to load up on guns and ammo before Obama took them away was a bit of an overreaction. So far, the only gun bills signed into law under Obama have been an amendment in the Credit CARD Act that allows people to carry guns in national parks, an amendment in a transportation bill that holds federal funds for AMTRAK contingent upon them letting riders carry guns. This protecting guns in bankruptcy act could end up being the third (and likely final) gun bill making it into law this session.

Later in the 30-minute session, Schumer and Cardin passed two bills by unanimous consent:

  • H.R. 6080 – Making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.
  • S. Res. 617 – Relative to the death of the Honorable Theodore “Ted” Fulton Stevens, former Senator for the State of Alaska

The Ted Stevens resolution was just introduced this morning, so I’ll have to point you to this PDF file from the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R, AK] for text reading. You can find out more about the border security bill at this link. It’s got $600 million for fences, border “strike forces,” and domestic drones. It’s now ready to be signed into law by President Obama

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Comments

  • mistycwilliams 08/12/2010 12:37pm

    Is there a specific reason people in bankruptcy shouldn’t have guns? It would seem that you’re assuming that if a person is in bankruptcy that they would necessarily be suicidal. Of all the things that people may feel very strongly and personally about, or as though they were being stripped of everything personal they own while in a bankruptcy, their guns are right up on that list. They have a natural and a Constitutional right to own them, and when they’re taken away to sell for the sake of creditors receiving pennies on the dollar, its a hard, horrible thing to cope with. Having someone come, and sort through your things and decide what you get to keep and what you don’t is painful enough. It seems a very good way to protect American’s natural rights, which are supported in the 2nd Amendment.

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    savetheclocktower 08/12/2010 1:40pm

    “It would seem that you’re assuming that if a person is in bankruptcy that they would necessarily be suicidal.”

    I didn’t get that impression from the post.

    “Is there a specific reason people in bankruptcy shouldn’t have guns?”

    Not at all. But, then: is there a specific reason why people in bankruptcy should be allowed to keep guns, in particular, when all other property is fair game? The Constitution grants a right to own guns, but seizing guns as part of creditors’ claims doesn’t violate that right. Afterward, you can go out and buy another gun.

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    LucasFoxx 08/12/2010 8:20pm

    “Why Congress want to make sure that people under the stress of bankruptcy proceeding have guns, of all things, is beyond me,..”

    I got the same impression. For those born and raised around firearms, a sense of final protection is a tradition handed down for generations. Firearms have been the great equalizers for centuries. It’s bad enough for a person to lose everything they own, but to lose your sense of personal safety is going to be a whole other level down in the spiral of despair. But Donny’s quip is tragically wry. You’ve taken everything from them but a loaded gun and bleak prospects…

    You’re exactly right about the constitutional issue.

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    Abaratarrr 08/12/2010 10:47pm
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    “Why Congress want to make sure that people under the stress of bankruptcy proceeding have guns, of all things, is beyond me”

    Owing a bank money should not condemn a person to starvation, victimhood and tyranny,.

    Now coming from New York you may not be able to relate to the lives of people living on that big chunk of dirt between Ny and Ca that we call America.

    Owing a bank money does not mean that coyotes are welcome to eat your chickens, homophobic rednecks are welcome to tie your son to a fence and torture him to death or that the government can step on your god given rights.

    This country is not about money! its about freedom.

    you can not put the interests of the big banks ahead of liberty. Forcing someone to starve to death because they owe money to BOA is beyond wrong.

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    LucasFoxx 08/16/2010 9:57am

    I’m not from NY. I’m from “that big chunk of dirt between Ny and Ca that we call America.”

  • Abaratarrr 08/12/2010 10:56pm
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    Now to show my ignorance and ask for more information please look into this,

    i thought that a person filing for bankruptcy was already aloud to keep a pistol( for the homophobes and thieves) a shotgun (for the coyotes and weasels) and a rifle ( for an unjust government). So I am not sure what this law was about I thought we were already aloud those tools of freedom regardless of our credit rating and bank relationships.

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