Gun Control In Senate Likely A Tough Sell
January 23, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Legislators with gun grabbing ambition and with the full backing of President Barack Obama are set to push the Senate to pass draconian gun control legislation in coming weeks. But the news isnâ€™t all bad for 2nd Amendment advocates.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on supporters to help him fight expanded gun control laws in a frantic email sent by his campaign manager, Jesse Benton, early this week.
“You and I are literally surrounded,” said the email. “The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom.”
The email said the White House proposals on gun control essentially set the groundwork for an all-out gun grab that:
- “[W]ill criminalize firearms by how they look.”
- Includes a “thinly-veiled national gun registration scheme hidden under the guise of ‘background checks.â€™”
- And will ban large ammunition magazines.
“It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution,” the email goes on.
McConnell has pledged to do everything he can to oppose increased gun control throughout the Nation.
Meanwhile, Senator John Barasso (R-Wyo.) told CNNâ€™s Candy Crowley in an interview this week that the threat to the 2nd Amendment from Democrats may not be as menacing as it appears. This, he contends, is because new gun control legislation puts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in a tight spot in the lead up to key Senate elections.
“He has six Democrats up for election in two years in States where the President received fewer than 42 percent of the votes. And he doesn’t want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president’s positions,” Barrasso said.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is planning to introduce a ban on so-called assault weapons on Thursday. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said he is ready to introduce a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition and that he has 16 Senate co-sponsors.