Brady United Against Gun Violence has launched an all-out attack on the Senate filibuster in an effort to pass universal background checks, an “assault weapons” ban, and a standard capacity magazine ban.
The Democrats hold a one-vote majority in the Senate, but thanks to the filibuster, they need 60 senators to agree to any non-budget-related legislation. If the filibuster falls, little will stand between the Democrats and their anti-gun agenda.
Brady’s effort to end the filibuster comes on the heels of renewed calls to do away with the procedural rule. Democrats were reportedly thinking about killing the filibuster to pass their economic spending packages, and Joe Biden told White House reporters he thinks it’s a “real possibility.”
Seeing the tide turning in their favor, Brady appears to be trying to give Democratic senators even more reason to end the 60-vote majority rule.
“NRA-backed members of Congress continue to use the procedural filibuster to block solutions to end bloodshed — like universal background checks on gun sales, a federal ban on assault weapons, funding for community-based violence intervention programs, and more. These are common-sense solutions supported by the majority of Americans, including gun owners,” the anti-gun group writes on its website.
Brady has launched a full-scale digital ad campaign complete with a video and a #FilibusterIsKillingUs hashtag.
The video, which after three days has only 286 views, features the stories of Brady employees whose loved ones were murdered by criminals wielding firearms.
“At Brady, this issue is personal,” says Brady VP of Development (i.e., fundraising) Liz Dunning. “That is our legacy, it’s our lineage, and it’s our present.”
“We’re letting a small minority of people get in the way,” adds Brady VP of Organizing Maisha Fields. “Right now, there is legislation in the Senate that can save lives. Every day, Americans lose their lives to something you have the power to prevent.”
It’s unlikely that Brady’s executives believe they can convince the Senate to end the filibuster. Instead, the effort appears to be a ploy to raise money.
The “contact your legislators” tool on the campaign page, for example, does not actually send a message to legislators because it does not ask for the commenter’s address. In addition, the tool immediately redirects users to a donate page without ever confirming that their message has been sent.
Many Democrats, including Biden, have called for the end of the filibuster in recent months, but they’ve been stymied by moderate Democrats, most prominently West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. Manchin hails from a deep red state, and he’s said repeatedly that he does not plan to vote to end the filibuster.
The Democrats need all 50 Democratic senators to agree to kill the filibuster, so Manchin’s stance has all but ended that threat.
Politicians aren’t known for holding the same position for long, so gun owners must remain vigilant and continue to voice their support for the 60-vote majority rule.