Progressive Groups Pledge To Push Obama Gun Proposals On Congress
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO 1:04 PM EST, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16, 2013
Grassroots progressive groups pledged to get behind the gun violence prevention plan proposed by President Obama Wednesday.
Less than an hour after Obama announced a sweeping plan to prevent gun deaths, including proposals to ban high-capacity magazines and so-called assault weapons as well as universal background checks for firearms purchases that require Congressional approval, progressive groups promised to use their sway to push the measures on Capitol Hill.
CREDO, a group that has taken on the National Rifle Association in the month after the Newtown shooting, launched a "whip count" tracking where Senators come down on magazine capacity and assault weapons. "The NRA will once again launch a full frontal assault on the president and Congress," said Becky Bond, poltical director at CREDO. "Congress must represent us and not the lobbyists for the gun manufacturers and arms traffickers. We're going to get senators on the record to see whether they serve the NRA's extremist agenda or their communities back home."
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee also signed on to Obama's legislative push on gun control. "The PCCC is all in for this fight, investing time and money in Republican and Democratic districts until Congress passes major gun legislation that includes an assault weapons ban," said Stephanie Taylor, a co-founder of the group.
The NRA and other gun rights lobbyists are expected to fight hard to prevent new gun control from passing the divided Congress.