POLITICO Reporting Gun Bill Nearly Dead as Support Wanes in Senate
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POLITICO is reporting that the proposed background check bill in Congress, the only piece of legislation which was thought to have a chance at passing, is essentially dead. A vote originally to be scheduled for early this week was pushed back to late this week for lack of support.
POLITICO gives several reasons they think the legislation failed.
The National Rifle Association hasn’t budged, and it warned supporters of the compromise Senate bill — authored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) — that the group would remember their vote when they are next up for reelection.
Speaker John Boehner’s House Republican Conference is turned off by back-room deals and many House Republicans come from the South and the Mountain West, where gun ownership is a way of life.
And moderate red state Democrats, and reluctant conservatives and couldn’t be persuaded to support even a bipartisan bill that falls far short of what gun control activists wanted.
We have our own reasons we think that politicians are unwilling to take on gun control. The following reasons are just observations we’ve made based on being part of the Second Amendment community for years.
Second Amendment supporters are more likely to vote. People who understand the importance of the Second Amendment understand the importance of voting as well. I’d like to see a study on the turnout rates among gun owners and non gun owners.
Second Amendment supporters are more passionate about the cause than anti gunners. If you ask a random person on the street or the phone if they support gun control, they might say yes, but that person is far less likely to actually do anything to support that stance. Second Amendment supporters show up in large numbers at rallies, protests, and other events. They write their elected officials at the local, state, and national levels, usually multiple times per year. They donate to political campaigns. They try to educate non shooters. In short, they are far more passionate and typically take far more action than anti-gunners who usually only support action in the form of signing a petition.