“…Some Democrats said this week that Obama simply hasn’t put his neck out far enough to make good on his gun-reform promises.
“If he was serious about it, he would have done it,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said in a phone interview Tuesday. “You have to pick your fights, and I think he just decided it was a losing battle.”
Since Saturday’s shooting, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed reforms designed to prevent the next gun-related tragedy.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), for instance, are crafting legislation to ban high-capacity magazines. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, is poised to offer a bill preventing people from carrying guns within 1,000 feet of high-profile government officials, including members of Congress. And Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday introduced legislation requiring newly unlicensed gun dealers to continue performing background checks on prospective buyers — something not currently required under the law.
If Obama wants to make good on his gun-reform promises, Ackerman said, the Arizona tragedy presents “the opportune moment to do it.”
“Without the White House, it’s very difficult to get major legislation through,” he said. “Their leadership will be essential.”
The Brady Campaign last year gave Obama an “F” for what the group deemed a “lack of leadership for common-sense gun laws.”
“We think this is the perfect time for Obama to step back into a leadership role on the gun issue,” said Chad Ramsey, federal legislative director of the Brady Campaign. “I can’t see success on this issue without him stepping in.”
Gun Control Advocacy, the Victim Industry and liberty squashing political opportunists. Ignoring the facts that a mentally ill individual is responsible.
Reprehensible and disappointing.