that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
would not include Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) 2013 Assault Weapons
Ban in a package of gun control bills to be reviewed by the
full Senate next month, journalist and pundits around the country
claimed that the National Rifle Association and gun owners had won,
that the draconian measure that banned 157 modern sporting rifles
by name and magazines that hold over 10 rounds of ammo was kaput.
Well, I’m here
to tell you that the sun has not set on Feinstein’s AWB, that the
fat lady has not started to sing, that while it may be in critical
condition, the AWB still has a pulse. There exists a possibility,
no matter how slim it seems right now, that a federal ban on ‘assault
weapons’ becomes law.
Feinstein: “I’m not gonna lie down and play dead.”
If you think
for one second that Feinstein’s going to go gently into that good
night, you’re crazier than she is. The Senator from California will
fight tooth and nail to see that her bill not only gets a vote,
but becomes law.
Yes, she seemed
a little dejected after she got wind that Reid would omit her bill
from the broader package, but she is resolved to see the Second
Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens curtailed in a meaningful
way, as she says, “Dry up supply of these weapon.”
who underestimate the resourcefulness of this old shrew do so at
their own peril:
White House: “We’re going to work on this. We’re going to find the
Feinstein, the White House has made if very clear that it’s not
going to give up the fight.
In an interview
with the CNN’s
Jake Tapper, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough related
that President Obama did not view the omission of the AWB as a setback.
To be clear, there will still be an amendatory vote on the AWB to
see if the Senate wants to add it to the larger package (which is
actually how the Clinton-era AWB got passed, see video above).
to work on this. We’re going to find the votes,” McDonough said,
according to a transcript. “And it deserves a vote and let’s see
if we can get it done.”
As Reid noted
on Tuesday, “Right now her amendment, using the most optimistic
numbers, has less than 40 votes. I that’s not 60.”
We know that
President Obama can effectively use the bully pulpit (Obamacare),
so is it within the realm of possibility that he, at the last minute,
strong-arms some feeble-minded politicians into backing the AWB?
the AWB is waning in
some circles, or so it appears. But still, an (uninformed) public
favors one, if you believe the last poll conducted by Gallup or
one recently conducted by ABC News/Washington Post.
the findings below, 60 percent of respondents said that they would
vote for a law that reinstated and strengthened the ban on ‘assault’
weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004.
as Paul Barrett, author of the Glock
book, reminded us in a
recent article, it’s not public opinion or the popular vote
that matters, but the views of Democrats in pro-gun states that
will ultimately decide the fate of the AWB, I still find this concerning: