BREAKING: Dems Abandon Gun Control Push for Remainder of 2013

Harry Reid courtesy

The NY Daily News is reporting that Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader and in charge of setting the agenda in the Senate, will not be putting forward any new gun control measures for the remainder of the 2013 session. Harry made the announcement in front of the Moms Demand Action gun control advocacy group, who were no doubt quite displeased with the news . . .

Joe Biden, along with Pat Toomey and Joe Mancin who pushed their flawed “universal background check” amendment, had been screaming that the other side was softening in their opposition, and were clamoring for a re-do. But, happy Harry throwing in the towel puts the lie to all that. It was yet another effort designed to try to pressure other members of congress to change their votes. And not a single senator who opposed the earlier disarmament efforts has publicly announced a change of heart.

But don’t worry, anti-gunners. Harry says it’s just a temporary setback.

“I think sometime next year we’ll revisit that issue. I’m almost certain of it,” Reid (D-Nev.) told the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, according to a reporter for The Nation who was allowed to sit in on the meeting.

Right. Because trying to enact gun control legislation in an election year has always been a proven recipe for success.


  1. avatar William Burke says:

    I feel so blessedly warm.

    1. avatar Lance says:

      Word UP!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. avatar William Burke says:

    I like the new look, Robert. It will take getting used to, like anything new-fangled.

    1. avatar Brock says:

      The new look is worthless on an iPad. What was so wrong with the previous one that worked?

  3. avatar Ross says:

    Nick, the “senatorial plane crash” was a nice touch.

  4. avatar Kvjavs says:

    Of course they’re backing down… there’s an election next year. They’re going to try and sweep this under the rug and bring it up again if they aren’t voted out.

    1. avatar Roll says:

      This is why we do not forget who tried to screw us (people of the gun) over. Remember the names, show them that violating/attempting to violate our rights comes with a cost: their job.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Yep. If they don’t get burned hard in the elections gun control will be back front and center right after.

    3. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      Yes, this. Same reason to push the employer mandate back.

      Too late, I suspect. The stink is on you, Dems. Not going to wash it off that easily.

      At least, I sure hope so. After the 2012 election, I think I lack the capacity to be completely shocked.

  5. avatar Will says:

    I have a nice fuzzy feeling after reading that, but I also have a sneaking suspicion IT’S A TRAP!

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      Whatever is being done “under the radar” will continue to be done, err, under the radar.

    2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      +1 Star Wars reference noted… Beware the dark side of the force.

    3. avatar Eat at Joe's says:

      the clam before the strom

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Dyslexic menu?

  6. avatar Will says:

    Good news, however, I certainly don’t trust a pol as far as I can throw Chris Christie. I’m not letting my guard down. Knowing them something will end up attached to some other bill.
    And that cover? Wow. No words there

  7. avatar Sertorius says:

    The Pennsylvania Gun Blog has an interesting post suggesting this is a strategic move by Reid to try to protect the vulnerable Dems in 2014, and the vote will be in between the Democratic primaries and the general election. The idea is basically:

    1) He knows this will not pass, but parts of his base really want a vote on this
    2) If the vote is BEFORE the primaries, weak Democrats like Begich in Alaska will be attacked by Bloomberg and the crazies if they vote no. This is bad for them, as it puts pressure on them to vote “yes,” which will kill them in the general election, and maybe cost the dems the seat
    3) If the vote is after the primary but before the general, the weak dems in pro-gun states can vote “no,” and then brag to gun owners about how they “stood up to Obama.”
    4) This timeline also distracts the NRA, GOA and other pro-gun groups from the election because they’ll be fighting background checks at the same time

    In other words, the whole vote is an elaborate sham to try to hold on to the Democratic majority in the Senate.

    I don’t know whether it’s true or not, but it’s a pretty interesting hypothesis.


    1. avatar Crazed Java says:

      “suggesting this is a strategic move by Reid to try to protect the vulnerable Dems in 2014”

      Anyone remotely informed on politics knew that the second this was announced. Call me a cynic if you want, but I only see this as a move to protect themselves in the 2014 elections.

      However, if gun control was as popular as they claim would they need to take it off the table?

    2. avatar Rev. Maurice Pompitous says:

      I think it’s true. Reid knows it’s a loser and will cost votes.

    3. avatar Robert M says:

      I am more concerned with Nov 2014 to Jan 2015 during the Lame Duck Session. No one will touch this between the primary’s and the election. The biggest risk is after the election but before the new guys come in.


  8. avatar In Memphis says:

    I dont trust it but if it is so…


    At least for now.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      (I’m still goin to horde ammo. Sorry about that. Fortunately, I’m married, and my discretionary income truly sucks at this point. Just bought 650 rounds of .22 LR at $.06 / round to replace the 300 rounds of 9mm / .40 / .22 down range)

      1. avatar Taurus609 says:


  9. avatar GS650G says:

    The get the HoR back and the first thing they do will be gun control.

    1. avatar ST says:

      That’s exactly what the Honorable Mr. Reid means.

  10. avatar B says:

    It makes me happy that it makes them scared of the repercussions, but its too late. We have to keep pushing for our 2nd amendment rights in the states that went full r-tard this year.

  11. avatar Adam says:

    During the peak of all the bloody shirt waiving, we frequently heard something along the lines of “if we can save just one life from being taken by gun violence, it’s worth it”. If they really felt that way, I guess they really DON’T give a sh!t about the “victims of gun violence” after all. CONTROL was obviously their motivation and I believe this proves it. It was obviously tougher than they thought so they’ll move on to lower hanging fruit now.

    Kudos to Reid for throwing in the towel…even if it’s for the wrong reason.

  12. avatar Don says:

    Too late. I won’t forget and I’ve been waiting to get electoral retribution, I don’t care who I have to vote for to do it.

  13. avatar Crashbbear says:

    with obama’s hissy fit after the manchin toomey deal, this doesnt surprise me. they didnt expect such a strong back lash,so theywant everybody to forget about it. bring it up during elections and go from there. or let everybody forget and bringit up AFTER elections when theres umpteen more dems in power.

  14. avatar John says:

    What is Ole Harry gonna do when Obammy signs the UN Arms Trade Treaty? Just pretend it didn’t happen? I expect The Obamster to sign it on a Friday this month so it doesn’t get a whole lot of publicity while congress is on vacation, but he will sign it. Then all bets are off and guns and ammo will be flying off the shelves again.

  15. avatar Lance says:

    Think gun owners are to thank for this after the April vote we stayed there and made sure M.S.T. bill does not come back so its gun owners who did it. Polls sow no support for gun bans ect anymore. So they are waiting for the next really BIG mass shooting to push there gun bans again. Robert Fargo told me this personally its over till another idiot murders again. Be vigilant for our rights still.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    Dem playbook to hold the Senate:

    1. No new gun control measures until after the election.
    2. Push back the employer mandate of Obamacare until after the election so that the low intelligence voters won’t lose their jobs until the election is over.
    3. Stir up as much racial sh1t as possible.
    4. Blame everything sucky on George Zimmerman, Edward Snowden and the NRA.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Dead on, Ralph.

      And don’t forget it’s all Bush’s fault!

      1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:


  17. avatar Chaotic Good says:

    If they couldn’t ram this legislation down our throats after Sandy Hook, they’re hopeless.

  18. avatar Andy says:

    Wait and see.Next year mid terms coming up,sounds like political suicide.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  19. avatar Jeff says:

    Most likely they’re just laying low with prepared legislation to ram through after next mass shooting. After the best time to ram poorly thought laws through is when emotions are riding high.

  20. avatar dph says:

    I’m glad it’s off the table for now, but it’s not going away. These a holes are in for the long game. Whittle us down, one voter at a time. We have to be always vigilant and careful because these anti’s may be flawed in their thinking, but they are not stupid.

  21. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    and pray tell, are there pictures of Bloomberg’s head exploding upon learning the news? I would pay dearly for that photo

  22. avatar wolfpack 46 says:

    hey brothers; don’t forget that two of duke bloomers hoe’s are on recall in Colorado and if they go down in spite of the duke bloomers money that will be panic with reid and his hoe’s for all to behold and rejoice in it.
    and that is in September; which the message to get across to them is; yes we are here and we are not going away and we are coming for ya.

  23. avatar SGC says:

    WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! I’m glad he’s making that public announcement, but I agree with the Admiral Ackbar fans here…be wary of the evil ones…they will continue to sneak around and try to erode our 2A rights any way they can…

  24. avatar Blue says:

    I wouldn’t count on Dingy “Hairy” Reid not slipping something in this year. However, I suspect he realizes they need to sand bag it until after Nov 2014. Bloomer did a lot of damage in some states and even old Chuckie Schmukie realized that.

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