Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.
The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines; expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and other private transactions; and require better record keeping to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illnesses. It would also try to curb gun sales in states with more relaxed gun laws to buyers in states with stricter laws.
The proposed “assault weapons” ban has become “unrealistic,” according to an aide to Reid, and he will peel it out of the overall bill before bringing it to a floor vote. However, that will leave Reid open to a charge of retreat, especially after the backpedal on filibuster reform last month.
This is quite a clever move by Reid. Public polling shows that voters aren’t keen on the assault-weapons ban but want background checks expanded and intensified. Reid is protecting the most vulnerable Democrats by letting them split their vote so that the red-state Democrats can claim that they blocked the gun banners in Washington, perhaps diluting a GOP attack line next year.
Actually, people don’t want background checks expanded once they realize they lose the right to buy and sell their own property. Reid is teaching Feinstein how to boil a frog. It also plays into how Feinstein works – she proposes something radically insane and asks for 1000 times what she thinks she can get, and when it’s scaled back a hundredfold, she still gets ten times what she started off wanting. Start with wild threats and suddenly the “compromise” looks inviting to people who don’t want to be “extremists”.
All of this is an attack on the rights of all Americans. There can be no compromise with any of this.