I will at the least give the Democrats credit for bringing up gun control in the Senate.
Senate Democrats are gearing up for another gun-control push after the massacre at a community college in Roseburg, Ore., as the chamber’s top Democrat accused Republicans of being “puppets” of the influential National Rifle Association in obstructing action on guns.
But as members of both parties pitch ideas for gun-control legislation, once again, there appear to be few areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that he is reaching out to other Democratic senators on moving background checks legislation – a tall order in the Senate, where just two years ago Republicans and red-state Democrats blocked a bill when the chamber was under Democratic control. On Monday, Senate Republicans again shrugged off the push from Democrats as political and not addressing the root cause of the country’s mass shooting affliction.
“We’ll see whether the people who have no solution, who just want to keep talking about guns, are willing to meet us halfway,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who wants to focus on the link between mental health and guns. “If somebody’s got a better idea, great. But if they’re just going to rail about guns and violence without offering solutions, that’s not good enough.”
Someone has pointed out that the United States cannot be the only country in the world with a population that has a number of people with mental illness. That’s a human condition, not just one based on where you live. So why is it that we’re the only country that has a problem keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them? Does Canada or Australia not have people who are unfit to own a gun? Why don’t they have all these mass shootings? There must be another reason we have them and they don’t…
Yes, I’m being sarcastic. But it’s time to start hitting back at the strawman arguments against gun control. And it’s also time to stop using the qualifier of “common sense” gun control versus some other kind. That’s a sop to the NRA. Between their advocacy for the gun manufacturers and the paranoids who think every law is tantamount to the guv’ment grabbing all the guns just like the Third Reich, they have no idea what “common sense” means, as if they really cared in the first place.
I doubt that Sen. Reid’s attempt will create a legislative tsunami anytime soon, especially as we head into an election year. But at least it’s more than “it’s too soon” to talk about it.