Get Ready: Senate Democrats are Preparing to Offer Up Gun Control Legislation

Get Ready: Senate Democrats are Preparing to Offer Up Gun Control Legislation

Every time there’s any kind of tragedy involving guns, Democrats don’t get upset — instead, they see an opportunity to exploit the tragedy to push their agenda. And that’s exactly what they’re doing with the Oregon school shooting.

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Senate Democrats are preparing a legislative push to curb guns, a week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college refocused attention on the nation’s toll of firearms deaths.

Republicans controlling Congress have shown scant interest in restricting guns and the Democratic effort has little chance of success. But their drive could keep the issue alive during next year’s elections, driving up support from sympathetic voters and contributors while complicating GOP senators’ re-election campaigns in some closely divided states.

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In a letter to fellow Democrats, Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., wrote that their effort “will be a rallying point for a public that is eager for congressional action and will be the basis for future legislation that we will demand” receives a Senate vote.

Democrats would use procedural delays to thwart legislation if Republicans refuse to allow votes on the gun proposals, a Democratic aide said Wednesday who wasn’t authorized to discuss the plans publicly and requested anonymity. Schumer and Stabenow are leaders of Senate Democrats’ messaging efforts.

Democrats said their effort would include broadening federal background checks, now required only for sales by federally licensed firearms dealers, to cover all purchases at gun shows and online. A bipartisan version of that plan, opposed by the National Rifle Association, was blocked in 2013 by Republicans and a few Democrats, months after the fatal shooting of 20 students and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

They said they would propose making it harder for people to buy guns if their background check is not completed.

Currently, if a background check is still not complete after three days – often because the FBI is awaiting information from local law enforcement agencies – the sale is allowed. Democrats said they would extend that period but hadn’t decided yet for how long.

Never let a crisis go to waste, right? The bodies of the victims are barely cold, but Democrats just can’t wait to use their deaths to serve their own purpose.

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