You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.
Posting a Diary Entry
Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as
is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.
When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.
If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.
ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.
One diary daily maximum.
Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries
that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows continuing support for new gun-control measures.
The four-member ad hoc Senate committee putting together a bipartisan bill to implement universal background checks on gun purchasers has failed. That could mean that passing gun legislation that poll after poll has shown close to or more than 90 percent of Americans favor could be in trouble. The latest poll from Quinnipiac puts the figure at 88 percent. Mark-up on four pieces of new gun legislation is taking place in the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. You can watch here.
One of the four negotiating a compromise on background checks, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, would not agree to a key concern of Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York that records be kept of the private sales.
For the National Rifle Association, other gun lobbies and many gun owners, record-keeping is anathema. This would create a registry that could be the first step toward confiscation of guns, they say. But for gun-control advocates, some form of record-keeping is essential or background checks would be unenforceable. Currently, only sales conducted by federally licensed firearms dealers are subject to background checks. Records of sales must be kept by the dealers for 20 years. The new legislation would extend the checks to all or most private sales.
Democrats had figured that getting Coburn on board would be helpful when the vote in the full Senate occurs because he has an "A" rating from the NRA. Thus, during negotiations, committee members had eased the requirement for background checks on sales or other transfers to family members and under some other circumstances, and had made other concessions to gun-rights advocates.
Two other committee members support the compromises made in the negotiations—Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, viewed as the most conservative Democrat now in the Senate and an NRA member, and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois. But, instead of going ahead now with still undrafted legislation that includes those compromises that Schumer and others had hoped would be ready for the mark-up today, there will be a placeholder bill on the table. That's Schumer's tougher proposal, the Fix Guns Checks Act of 2011. And neither Manchin or Kirk support it in unmodified form. Meanwhile, all three will attempt to get other Republicans to support the compromise proposal Coburn has rejected.