Skip to comments.Round Two for Gun Control May Take a Next Newtown (say dems)
Posted on 04/26/2013 1:02:05 PM PDT by pabianice
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was glum after background checks went down April 17. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A week after gun legislation suffered a stinging defeat in the Senate, an uncomfortable realization has settled over the Capitol that it will likely take another mass shooting or similar tragedy to reignite momentum for gun control.
President Obama called last weeks vote round one. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pledged that it was just the beginning. But gun-control advocates, both inside and outside of Congress, have identified no immediate path forward to alter a political landscape that left them five votes short in the Senate of passing a bill requiring expanded background checks for gun purchases.
Focus in the Capitol has already shifted to immigration, renewed fiscal skirmishes, and the Boston bombings (though some questions remain over how the suspects obtained firearms). Even Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., the chief Republican coauthor of the background-check plan, has said it is time to move on.
Proponents of new gun restrictions still hope to use the 2014 elections to upend the current dynamics, in which voting against the gun lobby is deeply feared, especially in GOP-leaning states. They plan to rely upon the impassioned pleas of the families of the Newtown shooting victims, New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs money, and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords national stature. Before the next election, though, the truth is that another tragedy may be the only way to shake loose the legislation.
Unfortunately, tragically, regrettably, therell be other incidents of gun violence that will remind us of how much is at stake, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who has pushed hard for new gun laws after the December shooting that left 20 elementary school students dead.
The calls for stricter gun laws were loudest in the immediate aftermath of Newtown. But as the weeks and months passed, the powerful National Rifle Association, which opposed virtually any new firearm limits, including background checks, regained its footing.
On Wednesday, MSNBCs Joe Scarborough told Toomey that he was still shocked that the Senate couldnt pass expanded background checks with 60 votes when it was an issue supported by 95 percent of the public, as Scarborough put it.
I would suggest that we heard from the 5 percent who opposedseveral times from each one of them, Toomey replied. It was a much more vocal and much more passionate expression from that camp.
To advance the bill in the future, added Toomey, I think the most important thing, frankly, is members of Congress need to hear from peopleand the people who support these background checks need to be as vocal as those who dont.
It is a shortcoming that gun-control advocates acknowledge. We talk about that as the passion gap, and we have to close that, said Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He said his group had spent the last week thanking and spanking senators for their votes.
If we really want to succeed, what we really need to do is demonstrate that our movement can reward allies and punish people who vote against us, Everitt said.
Accusations that the White House did not move fast enough have been a recurrent critique of the administrations handling of the gun issue after the Newtown massacre.
Expanding background checks reaps as much as 90 percent support in polling. But a new Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll shows far more division on the recent gun bill: 47 percent of Americans were disappointed or angry at the legislations defeat, but 39 percent were very happy or relieved.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the other chief architect of the bipartisan compromise on background checks, suggested last Friday that the legislation would have proven much more acceptable if it had been on the floor in January. Thats when emotions still ran high after Newtown and the gun lobby was more divided.
At that time we could have done something. So you seize the moment, Manchin said, though he and Toomey didnt reach a deal on background checks until April. Manchin has said he will continue to pressure his colleagues, one by one, though such an approach seems unlikely to break the deadlock.
Now, at least, Democrats and their allies have a package of gun-control measuresled by the Manchin-Toomey proposalready to be enacted practically immediately. Reid can bring the failed background-checks effort back to the floor at almost any time.
The next Newtown is inevitable if we dont act.... This is just our reality, Everitt said. Those things can help inform debate and galvanize people to act.
And they fully intend to arrange it.
Even though they admit that that legislation in question would have done nothing to stop Newtown. They are shameless.
I guess the commie ‘RATS will have to keep on wishing and keep their fingers crossed. Dancing in the blood of innocent children can become habit forming for the Democrat piggies.
Round 2 is already being ginned up . . .
Was 90%, now 95%. Their lies just keep growing!
It was 94% earlier today, 95% now, wow. Is this some doing by global warming???
Never let a crises go to waste is the message here, they are already planning for it.
...and the bastards eagerly await one. Even Dracula couldn’t love blood as much as a modern American leftist. Their machine runs on it.
Fast and Furious II: It Isn’t Just for Mexico Anymore!
The next Newton is inevitable if you do act. What is being proposed does nothing to stop the next one and may in fact encourage it. (I've seen, but not seen sourced, something like mass school shootings have gone up by 500% since "gun free zones" were instituted.)
Expanding background checks reaps as much as 90 percent support in polling. But a new Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll shows far more division on the recent gun bill: 47 percent of Americans were disappointed or angry at the legislations defeat, but 39 percent were very happy or relieved.If 90% were really supportive of background checks, it's impossible that 39% could be "very happy" or "relieved" after they were defeated. Somebody's lying. (Guess who?)
I agree with you. I’m not so sure Newtown wasn’t “arranged”, as was the theatre bombing and a few others. All it takes is a non descript government operative whispering in the ear of a disturbed young man.
Meantime the Republicans are only concerned with exempting themselves from Obamacare.
God help us.
They want another Newtown?? What for, when they already have Chicago?
We need to go on the offensive and get freedom of suppressors for us old folk with bad hearing already and get the shotgun 18” barrel min comprehensively aligned with the rifle 16” barrel, for starters.
Collectivism loves death. It advances the cause.
Newtown would not approve a 1.5 or 1.7 budget proposal to raise security to defend their children in Public Schools, but would rather take the guns from Citizens that protect 60% of American homes that are not taxpayer funded from Daily crime across America.
We are very lucky their stigma did not influence law makers as well, or the 2nd Adm. would be toast. Talk about Hippocrates! Newtown knows the same forces at will that caused this insane act will prob never be repeated!
I’m with you brother.
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