Following the defeat of President Barack Obama’s gun-ban wish list last week, many 2nd Amendment advocates rejoiced and the National Rifle Association said the President “bit off more than he could chew.” But it’s certain that Obama’s crusade against guns hasn’t ended.
On Wednesday, the NRA said in a statement: “Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.”
Meanwhile, the President was busy throwing his now infamous Rose Garden tantrum, saying it was “a shameful day for Washington” and complaining that the NRA and other members of the gun lobby wield too much power in America.
In an interview with the Washington Secrets blog, NRA president David Keene said that Obama was simply upset that he so badly misread public opinion.
“He thought and his folks thought that Newtown changed everything. Newtown was a tragedy but that doesn’t change people’s basic values and feelings,” Keene said. “What he learned is that he bit off a lot more than he can chew and that you can’t just talk your way to a victory. You have to have something that makes some sense and he what he was proposing just didn’t make much sense.”
Though the President appears to have been defeated in his gun grab, remarks made last week by Vice President Joe Biden reveal that the Administration isn’t throwing in the towel.
“Look, I know you’re going to say that I’m just being an optimist and I’m trying to put a good face on this. But, you know, I’ve been around here a long time and we’ve already done, because of you, some really good things,” Biden said during a call with supporters, according to Buzzfeed. “Number one, the president is already lining up some additional executive actions he’s going to be taking later this week.”
White House officials later backtracked on Biden’s comments, saying that the Vice President meant to say more work was being done to move forward with the gun-related executive actions the President already signed. By the deadline of this article, no additional executive actions had been listed on the White House website.
But Biden’s remarks are likely not as anodyne as White House officials want gun rights advocates to believe. For example, he also said that the Administration was working on ways to increase the number of Americans denied access to guns.
“We also are reviewing the list of prohibited purchasers to maybe expand that list of prohibited purchasers,” he said. “Granted, only 60 percent of people who go for a purchase are doing it [background checks].”
Congressional Democrats are also reportedly regrouping for a renewed gun control fight. Some lawmakers have even suggested adding largely symbolic amendments to gun bills exempting certain rural Americans from provisions to draw new support.
For conservatives, remaining vigilant against anti-gun legislation appears more important than ever as the recent legislative defeat gives rise to new vigor and increasingly dramatic propaganda from the anti-gun left.