Bill Brown: Partisanship won

April 18, 2013 

Partisanship won

Partisanship is ruining our democracy. How else can one explain the vote on universal background checks for gun owners?

Ninety percent of the American people favor such an idea, but with Senate Republicans using the threat of filibuster, 46 members of that body could stop what 54 members, a majority I might add, wanted. Only three Republicans had the courage to vote for the “will of the people” – the principle under which our Constitution is founded.

Curiously, when the State House Republicans introduced a voter ID law in N.C., Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican, justified the need for the law because the “majority of North Carolinians favored it.”

Why didn’t that rationale apply to gun control?

Bill Brown


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