Originally Posted by alnorth
Who cares about what Feinstein proposes. The votes simply aren't there. There is not some complicated master-plan to get things passed, they don't have the votes, and the gun-control folks who thought they finally might have a chance are only now beginning to realize it.
They will never have the votes, because every state has 2 senators, and there are just too many rural states. Dems do have the capability of winning a rural senate seat here and there (and therefore, are able to control the chamber), but virtually every single one of those rural state dems are A-rated by the NRA.
Heidi Heitkamp (who just won in ND) just recently came out against the AWB and vowed to vote against it. There's no way in hell a guy like Begich, who faces a tough re-election in Alaska, is going to vote for it either. Tester from MT? Forget about it. There are no anti-gun Republicans on the other side. Hell, I don't think even Harry Reid would vote for it, he's not stupid and he came damned close to getting scalped by a raving nutbag last time.
Its really not complicated. Who knows long-term about the house, perhaps one day that might flip over to supporting new gun control laws, but the Senate is the unbreachable bulwark.
I am not saying the votes are there to affect anything Federal at this time. All I am saying is that it will be proposed. But you can bet you bottom dollar that any and all legislation that hits B.O's desk will be signed into law with out a thought. Attitudes are changing for the worse when it comes to gun control thanks to the fear mongering of the liberal media.
I also believe Individual States are more at risk from any legislation that is going to be restrictive. Trust me I live in one with a Liberal super majority.
I also think it is wrong when discussing the 2nd to think it is a Dem or Repub issue. There are those on both sides of the aisle that are for and against. I don't think Harry Reid is anti gun. He was very instrumental in getting funding and getting open a new gun range in Nevada a year or so ago. I could never see Feinstien or Boxer doing that.