Harry Reid: The Assault Weapons Ban Is Probably Doomed
The Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate will not be a free-for-all of new gun regulations following the shooting at Sandy Hook, according to Majority Leader Harry Reid. Instead, Senators will focus on passing legislation that can move through the Republican-controlled House, Reid said.
That could spell doom for an assault weapons ban. Speaking on Nevada Week In Review, a news show on the PBS affiliate in Las Vegas, Reid said there’s no real chance of a new ban passing the House.
“Is it something that can pass the Senate? Maybe. Is it something that can pass the House? I doubt it,” he said in video of the program provided to TPM by Vegas PBS. “So I think there are things that we know we can do.”
The National Rifle Association has praised Reid in the past for his opposition to the assault weapons ban, as well as his support for other legislation favored by the gun lobby.
Though President Obama continues to support reinstating the ban on assault weapons, the gun control crowd has set universal background checks as their chief goal following the Newtown, Conn. massacre.
Reid called on a holistic approach to dealing with gun violence that includes a look at firearms, but he called for a slowed down debate. Gun control proponents have urged politicians to act fast in the wake of Newtown, which has opened up a political conversation about guns not seen in Washington for years.
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Remember this remark by The Pole Vaulter Pelosi ? . " Health Care is dead ". Watch them pull a rabbit out of the hat.
Yep. Remain vigilant. Keep the pressure on your Congresscritters.
The ban may have been a red herring. The universal background check, may have been the real goal.
Gee Harry Sorry! No no not sorry your little ban won't pass. Sorry you are still in OUR Govt. A friend of the NRA?? Really? NRA Prez says he has enough support in Congress,Harry sez it's not gonna make it. Either the fix is in,the right palms got greased or its a ploy to make us back off! Keep our eyes on the left hand regardless of what the right hand is doing! Victory will be ours. As Guido said We can do this the easy way or the hard way!
I don't believe a ban was ever really what they were after. The universal background is going to happen. It's as good as registration, which is what they need before they can implement a ban/confiscation, with any hope of success. The ban will happen when they believe they have a handle on where the goodies are. They'll make sale without a nics check a felony.
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