Had you followed the polls since the Sandy Hook shooting in New Town, you would have been under the belief that more than half the country was ready to start banning guns. All the polls, at least all the polls from major organizations, were in agreement with over 50% of respondents saying it was time to increase gun control. Interesting then that the Feinstein weapons ban portion of the bill will not make it into the Senate gun control legislation. I wonder why? I bet it has something to do with the real public support for gun control. I also bet it has something to do with the raving liberal Feinstein’s rabid gun hating ways.
Instead, Feinstein’s bill will be allowed to come to the Senate as an Amendment rider which means it is quite literally dead on arrival. The bill has less than 35 Senators on its side. I think it has something to do with the elections in two years. See the Senate Democrats have 21 of the 35 elections up for grabs in 2014. Of those 21, 14 are in states that are either traditionally republican or are big on gun rights, states like: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Virginia, and West Virginia. You pass a super restrictive law by say the middle of this year and your opponent is going to bludgeon you with it for the next twelve months before the election. I would predict that with a harsh gun grabbing bill the Senate would easily be lost to the Republicans in 2014, who only need a pickup of six come 2014.
Instead, there will be a watered down bill with a couple of measures in it that no one objects to and one that will eventually kill it. The straw purchasing measure; a grant program for school security; and enhanced background checks for gun buyers will all make it into the final version. Straw purchasing is already a crime, and few are against it, this bill would just escalate that crime to felony status, no one cares. No one is also going to oppose a program that provides cash for school security, even if we can’t afford it. The final thing is the enhanced background checks, it depends on how in-depth they want. I haven’t had the chance to read the language of the bill yet, but should they have anything about a national registry, add provisions for private gun sales or include or exempt family members will dictate how popular this bill is and the likelihood it will pass.
Feinstein said she tried and it wasn’t good enough. Good, your best should never be enough. She also said the enemies on this are very powerful in reference to the National Rifle Association. However I think that statement best applies to her and her ilk who have been trying to steal our Second Amendment rights for years. We know you are powerful and you want our guns, you’ve made no bones about it over the years. We are happy to thwart you yet again and hope and pray you never, ever, get the chance to steal our weapons.