Democrats lack votes (and possibly courage) for assault weapons ban

Apparently it’s going to be a touch slog passing the assault weapons ban in the Senate.  To be fair to Democrats, there hasn’t been any mass shooting of school children in a few weeks, so it’s gotta be really hard finding a way to convince the American that guns are bad.

The Democrats can be thankful at least that the Republican Party, with all of its wacky out-of-touch political positions, is in chaos — otherwise the Democrats would have a problem on their hands. Since most Americans are in favor of an assault weapons ban (74%) it’s not even a radical position to take. The biggest problem facing Democrats is campaign money, and obviously too many Democrats are afraid of either losing it, or of having gun-nut money used against them.

Bloomberg on the chances of passing the assault weapons ban:

walmart gunAt least six of the 55 senators in the Democratic caucus have expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.

A ban on the military-style weapons is among the legislative goals President Barack Obama outlined in his recommendations to Congress on curbing gun violence after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School slaughter of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday it will take “persuasion and information” to gain the necessary support to enact the White House package.

“We have an obligation to act — not wait,” Biden told reporters after a more than two-hour roundtable at Virginia Commonwealth University to discuss the administration’s push for new gun-safety measures.

It’s possible that Biden may be able to help in the Senate. He’s right that the political class does have an obligation to act. But will they?  And even if we don’t have the votes, let them vote to kill the assault weapons ban, only a month after Sandy Hook.  LET THEM.  It’s about time Democrats starting forcing conservative Dems, and their Republican brothers, to defend the indefensible in front of the American people.  If they want to support murder, let them do it proudly, loudly, and publicly on TV so all of America can see them.


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