Skip to comments.Analysis: Obama's gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress
Posted on 01/17/2013 12:23:56 PM PST by neverdem
President Barack Obama's proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics.
Obama's plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades.
Members of both parties said Obama's call for expanded background checks for all gun buyers had the best chance of surviving the partisan fight in Congress. Just as clear is that Obama's pitch for Congress to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons that expired nearly a decade ago is unlikely to go anywhere.
The odds for a third Obama proposal, to limit ammunition clips to 10 rounds, seem to fall somewhere in between, lawmakers and analysts said on Wednesday.
"If you look at the combination of likelihood of passage and effectiveness of curbing gun crime, universal background checks is at the sweet spot," said Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York, a heavily Democratic state where newly...
That is why the gun legislation is almost certain to rise from the Democratic-led Senate. Even there, overcoming procedural hurdles will require supporters of Obama's plan to win over several Republicans while gaining backing from a few Democrats who have supported gun rights and face re-election next year in conservative states.
Democratic Senators Tim Johnson in South Dakota, Max Baucus in Montana, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Begich in Alaska and Mark Pryor in Arkansas are from conservative states with high levels of gun ownership, and all face re-election next year...
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How many new NRA members signed up yesterday?
I tend to agree with those who are starting to call it the beginning of the Biden campaign.
Any attempt by 0bama to CHANGE the 2nd Amendment should land him before Congress for impeachment. PERIOD.
Mary Landrieu is definitely vulnerable right now. There are a whole lot of Louisianans who’d like to send her packing for other reasons; an anti-gun vote at this time would be putting her political neck on the chopping block.
Michigan is another tricky state to push gun control in. After all, Jenny Granholm signed concealed carry into law here despite her own opposition.
I’m guessing that there’s a pretty good chance that none of this even makes it to the floor of the Senate. Those boys, commies though they may be, can count votes just like everybody else and I don’t think that they have the Democrat votes to even change the private gun sale rules. They will honk and cough and release alot of fire and smoke to make it look like they are doing something, but the law is very unlikely to change.
What will change is stuff that Obama can do unilaterally: change definitions at the ATF, restrict CMP transactions, use the health care system to declare conservations to be mental risks to society, etc. Stealth warfare.
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Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin North Korea's Kim Il-sung
Wait a minute, You're expecting congress (Boehner, McConnell, et. al.) to do something to uphold the Constitution??? Ha, Ha, Ha. Right after they take care of Barry's fake documents, Fast and Furious, Benghazigate, etc.
I fail to see how standing on the exploited bodies of murdered children to make a political point gives you the president the moral high ground.
Did the writers analysis also decide that obama was such a horrible president that his chances of being reelected were slim to none? Have they figured out that most of the gop elite are siding with democrats and are only concerned with how they can keep their cushy benefits and perks while screwing over any conservative values?
no you intended, sorry
Don't know about yesterday, but I read earlier this week the NRA has added 250,000 new members since Newtown.
Figure that I've heard since December is about 8,000 a day.
And to show my patriotism, yesterday I went to my local gun store and came home with a brand new Glock 30.
I got to stay away from that place .. so help me I can’t resist buying something each time I go there.
About that gun store trip, I have never in 15 years seen empty gun cases like I saw yesterday. One Glock 9 in the case and two blue tag Glocks in the back for Law Enforcement/Military. I bought the Glock 30.
Stopped by Gander today when I was over in Evansville, IN and their ammo stock is very low. Lots of empty spaces on their ammo shelves.
I’m good to go now - have all the defence I need, IF, and a very big IF, I don’t have one of those freak boating accidents that everyone here has been experiencing lately.
and a MOLON LABE to you Bamster.