As some Democrats trip over themselves in the rush to politicize the Washington Navy Yard shooting, sane Democrats are running for cover. They know what a loser this issue is, especially since they saw the damage done in the Colorado recalls last week. Of course in their irrational quest to disarm the law-abiding public, liberal Democrats just aren’t thinking clearly as they exploit the dead in pursuit of their unconstitutional agenda.
Congressional Democrats are divided on whether to renew their push for gun control in the wake of Monday’s deadly shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Hours after Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday called for action on gun legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he won’t seek a new vote.
Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who aggressively pushed his background check bill earlier this year, is skeptical that the upper chamber will revisit his measure.As reports emerged that a former Navy reservist with a history of mental illness had fatally shot a dozen people, it appeared to give fresh impetus to the move for more gun control.
“It should be a call to action,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), an outspoken advocate of gun control legislation after the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his state.
Durbin, who is Reid’s top deputy, suggested on Tuesday morning that a measure to expand background checks — which the Senate defeated in April — might have prevented the shooting.
“God forbid this becomes so commonplace we don’t stop and reflect and think about how to avoid it in the future,” he said. “I hope some members will reconsider their opposition.”
Democrats, however, facing tough reelections showed little inclination to shift their positions.
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) said he wants to wait until investigators have finished their work before reevaluating his opposition on background checks.
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) avoided questions about his stance on gun control legislation.
Pryor and Begich voted against expanding background checks earlier this year. The other two Democrats who voted “no” were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.).