Oh Well: Ban on So-Called ‘Assault Weapons’ Lacks Democrat Votes to Pass Senate

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Just imagine the pressure any pro-Second Amendment Senate Democrats will soon be feeling. Well, what few of them that are actually still left.

A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews.

At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.

A ban on the military-style weapons is among the legislative goals President Barack Obama outlined in his recommendations to Congress on curbing gun violence. Yesterday, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California introduced legislation to outlaw such sales during a news conference where survivors of past shootings, some of them with bullets still lodged in their bodies, urged its passage.

At that event, Feinstein said it’s unclear whether the fight is winnable. “We don’t know, it’s so uphill,” she said. “It depends on the courage of Americans.”

We suppose by that she’s implying defending the Second Amendment while it’s under a withering assault by the gun grabbers isn’t courageous. It’s quite curious that our government betters wouldn’t be affected by such a ban.  Yet they plug ahead, despite the fact that these bans are meaningless and have no affect on crime whatsoever. It’s just feelgood bullshit. Meanwhile, can you get any more ghoulish than raising money off the dead of Newtown?


3 Responses to “Oh Well: Ban on So-Called ‘Assault Weapons’ Lacks Democrat Votes to Pass Senate”

  1. rainbows and unicorns hopetopia on 25/25/13 at 4:37 pm

    Slick Willie Jeff told democRATS to slow down and remember 1994. Hopefully they don’t listen. Comrade dear leader expects them to follow the party line even if it means getting voted out of position at the tax revenue feeding trough in 2014.

  2. MT Geoff on 25/25/13 at 5:28 pm

    We need to make a lot of noise about two things:
    1. “Military style weapons” are exactly what the militia (all legal residents) are supposed to provide for ourselves, so it’s ridiculous to make them illegal.
    2. The children of Sandy Hook may not have been — probably were not — shot with a “military-style assault rifle”. The Bushmaster was apparently found in the car, according to the first reports and according to a clip I’ve seen from NBC news. The children were murdered with standard handguns using normal magazines. So were the adults.

  3. Jim Scrummy on 26/26/13 at 9:48 pm

    It’s the magazine ban and increased background checks is where the action is at now. Stay vigilant.