Policy Round Up: Gun Control
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On Wednesday, progress for gun control in America was challenged by the defeat of a bipartisan bill. The bill between Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sought to expand the national background check system for gun ownership. Despite the support from Republican and Democrat lawmakers and the impact of gun-related tragedies, politics held precedence over American people. Experts provide perspectives on the defeat of the gun control legislation.
Jed Lewison assesses gun control’s defeat in Congress this week:
“The NRA has won the battle over post-Newtown gun safety legislation: After yesterday’s defeat of the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will pull the entire gun safety bill from the floor because it can’t get past a filibuster. Apparently, Republicans were lying when they agreed with President Obama during his State of the Union speech that victims of gun violence deserve a vote.”
Read the full article in Daily Kos.
Dana Liebelson shares the role partisanship played in the decision:
“The bill would have been a modest victory for gun control advocates, while ceding numerous concessions to the gun lobby (the NRA initially called it a “positive development.”) Nevertheless, only four Republicans voted for the proposal, with 41 voting against it. Five Democrats rejected the proposal as well (Reid was a special case). Standing with families of Sandy Hook victims, President Obama said that “there was no coherent argument for why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics.”
Read the full article in Mother Jones.
Jamelle Bouie argues that the filibuster prevented gun control legislation from passing:
“To be fair to McConnell, Republicans didn’t filibuster a motion to proceed on the amendment. But they are filibustering the amendment itself, despite its non controversial provisions and majority support. It was clear at the beginning of the year that serious filibuster reform was needed if Democrats were to have any hope of passing significant legislation. Nothing in the last three months has challenged that assessment. The question is whether Senate leaders see it the same way.”
Read the full article in The American Prospect.
Chris Cillizza suggests that the tragedy in Newtown should’ve inspired different results:
“It’s hard to imagine a situation more emotionally impactful than what happened in Newtown, Connecticut in late 2012. The murders of 20 children and six adults was the sort of moment that felt simultaneously like the end of one chapter in our cultural history and the start of a new one.This time would be different than Columbine. Or Virginia Tech. Or Aurora. Or Tucson. President Obama delivered a stirring eulogy for the lives lost in Newtown, a speech in which he closed by simply reading the names of each of the victims. He was rawly emotional. So was the country.And yet, 124 days later, the president, surrounded by families of the victims of Newtown, angrily conceded defeat on the package of legislative proposals that grew from that massacre.”
Read the full article in The Washington Post.