When the news broke that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid felt that the Feinstein bill, to reduce the number of bullets in a clip and reduce the types of automatic weapons available on the market would not pass in the Senate, I became very frustrated and more than a little angry. It was my thought at the time that after the Newton massacre, where 20 children were lost in automatic gunfire, that our country was ready to make a change. A necessary change that would improve our safety and security. The failure of our legislative leadership to consider these changes is daunting and makes me wonder just who they believe they are representing. When a majority of Americans are for universal background checks, a super-majority of Americans are for stricter penalties for gun-runners and straw purchasers, and a majority of Americans are for reduced clips and reduced automatic weapons, who is being represented when we cannot get a bill to the floor of the Senate to be debated?
“This is so ridiculous, yet perhaps it was naive of me to expect any different outcome. I think they should’ve went ahead and TRIED. If that part wouldn’t pass, then it wouldn’t pass. Okay. At least there would have been an effort. They’ll call this a compromise. But it’s not. It’s cowardice. Once again, our politicians have let themselves be cowed by special interest groups, namely in this case the NRA which has shown yet again how powerful it is.” Michael Moore.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks that we will get a vote from Congress for both the assault weapons ban and background checks, even though the Senate has put the assault weapons ban aside.
We are going to have a vote for sure on assault weapons and we’re going to have a vote on background checks,” said the prominent gun control advocate in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“If we were to get background checks only, it wouldn’t be as good as if we got both, but look, we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. We’ve got the plan, we’re going to get the vote,” he said.
“Later tonight, I will start the process of bringing a bill to reduce gun violence to the Senate floor. This bill will include the provisions on background checks, school safety and gun trafficking reported by the Judiciary Committee,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement Thursday evening.
- Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill (cnsnews.com)
- Bloomberg on assault weapons ban: ‘We’re going to get the vote’ (thehill.com)