Thursday, May 23, 2013 • 12:20 PM Comments (4)

Gun Control: We Agree, Yet...

posted by James Heflin

This ought to be easy, according to these new Pew numbers:

Gun control supporters can point to broad and consistent public support for expanded background checks. Fully 81% favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, little changed since January (85%). The proposal draws nearly equal levels of support from Democrats (83%), Republicans (81%) and independents (80%).

However, there's a however:

However, the Senate bill on background checks is far more divisive. Republicans are decidedly less supportive of this legislation than of the general idea of making private gun sales subject to background checks; 57% support the Senate bill, while 81% favor expanding background checks. Many of those who have reservations about the bill express concerns that it includes other restrictions beyond background checks, or that it opens a “slippery slope” toward more government power.

It's quite a testament to the extraordinary lobbying power of the NRA that even with 57% support from Republicans, a bill can't pass.

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It's surprising that Obama couldn't get this gun control legislation passed considering how much time he spent lobbying members of Congress and meeting with leaders in the House and Senate to craft a good bill giving speeches accusing gun rights supporters of wanting to kill kids.

Posted by Goals on 5.24.13 at 7:17

"giving speeches accusing gun rights supporters of wanting to kill kids."

Do you have a link? Be interesting to see that.

Thanks for the comment.

Posted by JH on 5.24.13 at 8:05

My original comment had a crossout through "lobbying members of Congress" since that would entail, you know, actual work. Much easier to read from a teleprompter.

"This is about these families and families all across the country who are saying let’s make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down"

http://www.hartford.edu/president-obama/speech/transcript.aspx

Ben is correct: if Obama had pushed for just a background check, this bill would have passed. But it had other goodies that guaranteed defeat in the House and certain defeat in the Senate. But then this President's standard mode of operation is to accuse everybody who disagrees with him of bad faith and - when necessary - have them investigated by the IRS and/or Justice Department.

It's not just that the NRA is powerful - Obama is a horrible "leader."

Posted by NRA 4ever on 5.24.13 at 9:09

"This is about these families and families all across the country who are saying let’s make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down" does not equal "accusing gun rights supporters of wanting to kill kids." At all.

Posted by _ on 5.24.13 at 13:03
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