Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday after, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he will support the measure to expand background checks, the so-called Manchin-Toomey amendment. McCain said he appreciated the senators’ effort — and while they may not win today, they did “the right thing.”
McCain spoke of the mass shootings that have occurred recently and specifically praised the resilience of Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman whose life was “inalterably changed” after she suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Stressing his “strong record” defending the Second Amendment, McCain stressed his background opposing many gun control measures that he felt would not work or would “cripple firearms manufacturers.”
“I’ve also along believed it is perfectly reasonable to use available tools to conduct limited background checks as this amendment prescribes,” he said, adding that the measure is not unconstitutional.
McCain further addressed the concerns that the background checks would lead to a national registry. “If this amendment would establish such a registry, I would oppose it, but it does not,” he stated.
“You may not win today, I say to my two colleagues, but you did the right thing,” he asserted.
His remarks below, via C-SPAN:
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