It is highly unusual for 91% of Americans to favor anything, but when we do, one might think that political support for such things would be nearly universal. But that does not take into account today’s Republican Party, that continues to goose-step in lock step behind Wayne LaPierre and the gun industry.
A Senate committee approved legislation on Tuesday that would expand background checks covering all U.S. firearms sales, part of a federal gun-control push prompted by December’s school massacre in Connecticut.
The Judiciary Committee decision by a party-line vote of 10-8 cleared the way for the Democratic-crafted background check measure to be debated and put to a vote in the full Senate.
Less clear is the fate of a proposed ban on military assault rifles proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. The panel put off a vote on that plan, but is expected to revisit it as early as Thursday.
There is little expectation Feinstein’s proposal, which President Barack Obama backs along with expanded background checks and other steps, will win congressional approval due mainly to stiff opposition from lawmakers aligned with the politically potent National Rifle Association… [emphasis added]
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Rachel Maddow covered the state of firearms legislation in detail and interviewed Elizabeth Esty (D-CT). She also covered the historical background, including how the NRA assisted, albeit unwittingly, in the assassination of JFK.
Let me reiterate. Nobody has sponsored legislation to take away people’s right to own and use firearms responsibly. I want to see is legislation to bring the requirements for responsible firearms ownership and use up to the same level as it is for responsible motor vehicle ownership and use. Instead, universal background checks, the most popular measure, received ZERO Republican votes.