Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:21 PM
TPaine7 (4,286 posts)
How Senate Democrats, not just House Republicans, will block gun control
Vice-President Biden's group will make recommendations to President Obama this week on gun control. Majorities of Americans support numerous new gun restrictions, yet I'm pessimistic that anything will get through Congress. Why?
You might expect me to cite the Republican-controlled House, but the chances that the Democratic-controlled Senate will pass anything are not much better.
So, I don't think you can count on any red state Senate Democrat who is running in 2014. Taking away these six leaves the pro-control caucus with 53 votes in the Senate, at most – even with the four Republicans. Counting Hagan and Pryor only leaves the pro-control caucus with 55 votes.
That's why the smart analysis says that the chances of Congress passing serious gun control legislation decrease by the day. The House is a foregone conclusion. When all these numbers start getting added together, I'm not even sure you can find a simple majority of senators to agree on tougher gun control. A filibuster-proof majority, meanwhile, is likely impossible.
Obama needs support he's not likely to get. If he had focused on keeping criminals from getting guns through straw purchasing and theft, and on keeping them out of the hands of the mentally disqualified persons and children, he could have won a victory for safety.
Keeping AR-15 style rifles and standard magazines from being purchased by ANY ordinary American is not quite as popular as many imagine, and it will become less popular as time goes by.
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How Senate Democrats, not just House Republicans, will block gun control (Original post)
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Response to TPaine7 (Original post)
Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:23 PM
Buzz Clik (37,758 posts)
1. Nothing shocking here -- we have met the enemy, and he is us.
We can thank our Dem representatives in Congress for the awesome healthcare bill, and we can look forward to more of the same for gun control.
Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #1)
Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:28 PM
TPaine7 (4,286 posts)
2. The sad thing is, straw purchasing, theft and gun security and mental health reporting
need to be addressed, but they won't be.
It may be that only a Republican president will be able to address these legitimate issues successfully. As they say, only Nixon could have reached out to China.
(Just so everyone is clear, I'm no fan of Nixon; that wasn't my point.)