I don’t know why politicians ever try to take on the NRA. They are quite simply the best political lobbying group in the world.
They always win.
Ron Fournier, a liberal panty-waist anti-gun sooky baby is upset about it all too:
The ban on assault weapons sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California apparently died Tuesday with barely a whisper from media outlets or the White House. Black bunting should have hung from every window in Washington.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democratic ally of Obama,Â told reportersÂ that Feinsteinâ€™s proposal could not overcome Senate rules requiring the support of at least 60 senators before allowing a final vote. The proposal â€śusing the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. Thatâ€™s not 60,â€ť he said.
In fairness, the gun lobby deserves most of the blame for creating a political climate in which any regulation of firearms is viewed as an attack on the constitutional right to bear arms. This as much a financial issue to the NRA and its industry allies as it is a constitutional one.
But Obama and fellow Democrats shoulder a responsibility to reframe the debate around unassailable facts: The Second Amendment is not at risk; modest regulations would improve gun safety and strengthen the nation’s noble gun culture; and nobody outside the U.S. military needs an assault weapon. Instead, the White House and Democratic lawmakers signaled retreat on the assault-weapons ban almost immediately after Obama proposed it. He didn’t fight.
â€śWe cannot tolerate this anymore,â€ť a teary-eyed president told the nation after the Sandy Hook shootings. â€śWe are not doing enough and we will have to change.â€ťÂ
I donâ€™t doubt Obamaâ€™s sincerity, but it is fair to question the presidentâ€™s stomach for hard and hands-on legislative campaigns in a divided Congress. Not only are the facts on his side, but so is the public. An ABC News/Washington PostÂ pollÂ shows that 52 percent of the public favor stricter gun laws; 91 percent support background checks at gun shows; 82 percent want to make illegal gun sales a federal crime; and 57 percent favor a ban on assault weapons.
Every member of Congress, every White House aide, and every National Rifle Association dues-payer should take another look at those numbers. Be ashamed.
Sure, there is a chance that Obama will eventually sign legislation that requires background checks at gun shows, that makes gun trafficking a federal crime and that provides funding for school security. These provisions would allow Democrats, moderate Republicans, and a legacy-seeking president to claim they did something about gun violence. And they might, in fact, help. But don’t be impressed: If anything comes out of the GOP-controlled House, it’s likely to be weakened.