The families of some of the Newtown, CT victims are back in Washington, D.C. Days after the latest mass shooting, six months after the Sandy Hook spree killings, they’re pressuring congress to revive their civilian disarmament agenda. According to MSNBC the anti-gun agitprop will find fertile ground in the halls of power—despite the resounding defeat that greeted the Senate’s “expanded background checks” bill. Is MSNBC engaging in wishful thinking, or are we, hoping this latest push will peter-out? Well . . .
The story currently dominating the headlines: the Obama administration’s domestic spying program. The scandal has impacted the public opinion’s of the President’s efficacy. Some 51% of Americans now disapprove of the way President Obama is running the country. At the same time, the numbers for Congress, traditionally lower than a grasshopper’s knees, continue to plummet.
As far as media coverage is concerned, gun control has been a safe harbor for the President and Congressional Democrats. Aside from Fox, the mainstream media has been a reliable cheering section for the left’s civilian disarmament agenda. A bruised and battered Obama might fancy his chances for a new gun control bill, considering it a welcome the distraction from the IRS, Benghazi, Rosengate and NSA scandals.
Gun control is a political arena where Obama Boyz have a defined enemy (the NRA) and an attainable goal (“universal background checks”). They’ve already laid the groundwork for the background check bill; it can be brought to the Senate floor at a moment’s notice. After a fresh atrocity, the gun grabbers will not have the same procedural delay that [thankfully] hobbled the post-Newtown push.
A summertime anti-gun jihad is not without its dangers, for both gun owners and its proponents . . .
The recent push for increased gun control on the federal and state level has awoken a sleeping giant. The political power of pro-gun groups is increasingly evident. Two Colorado politicians who voted for gun control regulations now face recall. The results of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s “do you want gun control or not” phone poll leave little doubt that The People of the Gun are mad, motivated and mobilized.
Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats are displaying a certain level of war weariness. Beating their heads against the gun control wall without legislative results has left them demoralized. Anti-gun Democratic leaders talk about votes they’ve swayed to their side. But if they had the votes Harry Reid would have already brought the background check bill back up for discussion.
In short, in the current political climate, gun control on a national level appears dead.
And then there’s the visuals. The public now knows that the Administration has been pissing on the First and Fourth amendments. If Obama and his crew go after another civil right it will give ammunition to the Republicans raising the red flag against government over-reach.
The most likely scenario: Obama and Congressional Democrats will pay lip service to gun control while focusing on the immigration reform package. The President will keep his powder dry and deal with current scandals, or scandals yet to come.
As Ralph pronounced in that stunned silence between the Newtown murders and the [ultimately failed] federal push for civilian disarmament, events will determine the fate of our Constitutional rights. A nation of gun owners holds it breath.
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