White House confident some gun-control bills will pass
Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 7:08 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, January 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — A White House adviser on Sunday said he was optimistic Congress will approve at least part of President Obama's proposals for gun control, but Republicans scoffed at the notion.
David Plouffe said on Sunday talk shows he believes there is support in Congress for some measures, including universal background checks for gun buyers and limits on high-capacity clips.
“I'm confident some of the measures you mentioned — clips, universal background checks — I think there are 60 votes in the Senate and 218 in the House, that the president would sign,” Plouffe said on ABC's “This Week,” citing the vote threshold to pass legislation in the two chambers.
“We don't expect it all to pass, or in its current form, but we think there's elements of this that are absolutely critical,” Plouffe said.
But Republicans on Sunday said Obama's key proposals had little chance in Congress, and insisted that such gun restrictions would not have prevented the Connecticut shooting last month in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
Reinstating the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004 is widely seen as having little chance in Congress.
“Let's do things that will make a difference here, rather than take one more opportunity to go at an old agenda,” Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We had bans on things for a decade. That didn't seem to make any difference at all, but, during that same decade, our willingness to share information about mental problems, our willingness to share information between security officials and police officials, all declined,” Blunt said.
Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said Obama “ignored the major issues of mental health and violence in society in the media and video games, and he has focused so much on what may be happening at gun shows or on gun shelves at gun stores that I think he is failing to try to really find a solution to the problem of the tragedy of Newtown.”
Barrasso, speaking on CNN's “State of the Union,” noted that even the Senate majority leader had voiced doubt about reinstating a ban on assault weapons.
“I don't think Sen. Harry Reid even brings it to the Senate floor because he has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42 percent of the votes,” Barrasso said.
“And he doesn't want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president's positions,” he said.
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If any of the restrictions BHO wants to put on our 2nd Amendment rights passes, we will have been betrayed by our legislators. I don't expect those who believe that the Constitution is the law of the land to take it lying down. How can Obama possibly call for unity when he is the one causing the divisions with dictatorial actions such as bypassing Congress with his exectutive orders?
Submitted by: Walter on Monday, January 21, 2013
What Harry Reid is saying is my senators don't represent the will of the people but the will of the president. Thanks Harry for finally telling the truth.