Shame on Harry Reid

22 March 2013 |permalink | email article

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson slammed the Democratic majority leader for killing any prospect of any assault weapons ban. Even though President Obama spoke in his State of the Union address last month with fiery eloquence about the cost of gun violence Reid decided on Tuesday to kill a propose by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would have banned the sale of some military assault firearms designed not for weapons of self-defense but for killing enemy soldiers in battle. Reid said he was dropping the measure-without a vote-because it would fail. “I’m not going to try to put something on the floor that won’t succeed.” His excuse was that he couldn’t even get 40 votes for Feinstein’s vote, far short of the 60 votes needed to break an anticipated GOP filibuster.

Robinson said the answer isn’t political , it’s moral. The answer is that this is a moment not to do the expedient thing but doing the right thing.” In a dramatic moment on Thursday Vice President Joe Biden joined forces with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to spoil Reid’s easy way out by building strong support for an assault weapons ban as media support begins to build across the country. And get what has happened? Reid overnight has suddenly changed course and now will push hard in the Democratic controlled Senate to support the ban. The NRA and Republicans will fight hard to kill it. But the shocking massacre in Newtown, Conn. will never be forgotten. 

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