Lobbyists favoring the second amendment say that President Obama probably doesn’t have the votes to get a ban on assault rifles. They do not think that Congress will even accept restrictions on ammunition magazines.
A specialist in gun control at Princeton University says that the longer there is no action on this issue, the less likely a ban is. People will forget about the Newtown murders.
The National Rifle Association has signed up 100,000 new members since the shootings.
Guns are selling very fast around the USA. This began with Obama’s re-election.
Senator Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia has called for a complete legislative package. He does not merely want gun control. He wants mental health laws, laws controlling violent video games, and therefore comprehensive transformation of the entire culture to reduce violence-related evil by federal law.
He says this: “An assault weapons standalone ban on just guns alone will not go anywhere in the political reality we are in.’” The law must be much broader. It must be a “comprehensive approach.” The issue is not merely guns. It’s a “culture of mass violence.”
If he thinks that he can get such a package of laws through Congress, he needs professional counseling.
Most Americans do not live in a culture of mass violence. They do not live in those parts of large cities that are in fact unsafe. It is not politically correct to mention these parts of town. But the voters know, especially those voters who reside in these parts of town.
I wonder: Who is going to be the low-level federal bureaucrat who goes into these parts of town and announces this? “I’m here to get your guns.” Would you like that job?
Gun control in Detroit. That’ll be the day!