By Duncan Smith

In case you haven’t heard, Democrats are now in control of Congress and the White House.

So that means they’re going to try to chip away at our Second Amendment rights again.

And in fact, mindful that they may no longer retain congressional majorities after 2022, Democrats are already gearing up to push major new gun restrictions that, as usual, won’t do a damned thing to curb gun crimes but will instead punish the 99.99 percent of law-abiding Second Amendment practitioners.

But the Democrats in the Senate are going to have a problem on their hands in getting their agenda rammed through if they don’t get rid of the Senate filibuster rule.

His name is Joe Manchin, and he’s from the very red, rural state of West Virginny.

Breitbart’s Awr Hawkins writes:

The background check gun controls which were introduced in the House last week bring back Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) 2013 gun control push and make his support for the current legislation crucial to Democrat success.

Manchin was elected to the Senate in 2010 with an A-rating from the NRA. But following the December  14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary school he emerged as a leading gun control opponent in the Senate.

He, along with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), introduced universal background check legislation as a response to Sandy Hook. His legislation failed to pass on April 17, 2013, but Manchin tried to revive it again and again in the years that followed.

For example, in April 2015 Breitbart News noted Manchin appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe and defended his post-Sandy Hook gun control push as something that 'made sense' in 2013 and something that 'makes sense now.'

If the Democrats want major new gun control their legislation goes through Manchin in the Senate.

But it may also go through another red state moderate Dem, Kyrsten Sinema, who voted with a few other members of her party and all Republicans against a $15-an-hour minimum wage increase in dramatic fashion on Friday.

Democrats will lose their majorities if they pass new gun legislation. Even Demoratic voters were becoming first-time owners last summer as BLM and Antifa burned and looted cities.

But the party may not care.

Manchin and a few others like him on his side of the aisle may be our gatekeepers.

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