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Feinstein’s assault weapons ban will not be in final Senate bill

Emily Miller, writing in the Washington Times, reports:

Gun control efforts on the nation level lost a major battle when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told a bereft Sen. Dianne Feinstein Monday that her so-called assault weapon ban bill was getting pulled from the gun package coming to the floor next month. Her legislation, which passed the SenateJudiciary Committee last week by a straight party line vote, is the only one of the four gun-related bills that passed out of committee that Mr. Reid axed.

Mrs. Feinstein insists she will not be ignored. The California Democrat plans to bring two amendments up during the gun votes — to ban firearms that have one cosmetic feature that makes them resembles military weapon and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Mr. Reid said Tuesday that “her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes — that’s not 60.”

However, Mr. Reid’s calculation was really less about vote counting and more about keeping the majority in the upper chamber.

“The Democrats know that Feinstein’s ‘assault weapon’ ban is suicide at the polls for them come 2014,” Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation told me Tuesday. “It is so extreme that even the Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want it as part of their package.”

So ‘whoohoo’, huh?  Yeah, sort of, but Miller entitles her piece “RIP national assault weapons ban”.  RIP?  Hardly.  If you think Democrats, or at least Feinstein, are going to quit on this, you’re wrong.  Just consider how long they pushed for government mandated health care.  The fact that they couldn’t muster 40 votes in the Senate is, to those who would take your guns, another temporary setback.  Despite the fact that studies have shown no positive link a decline in gun violence and the last assault weapon’s ban, they’ll continue to try.  Trust me on that.  This isn’t about safety, it’s about controlt:

Mrs. Feinstein insists she will not be ignored. The California Democrat plans to bring two amendments up during the gun votes — to ban firearms that have one cosmetic feature that makes them resembles military weapon and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Right now Democratic Senators are reading the electoral tea leaves and know that such a vote, at least for those in states where their seat isn’t safe, is electoral poison.  As soon as they see or feel that the electorate’s opinion has shifted, they’ll gladly vote for such a ban.  The lack of votes isn’t about principle, it’s about keeping their jobs.

“The Democrats know that Feinstein’s ‘assault weapon’ ban is suicide at the polls for them come 2014,” Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation told me Tuesday. “It is so extreme that even the Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want it as part of their package.”

Mr. Obama does, of course. And so they’ll continue to try.  And they’ll use the incremental approach instead.

And there’s something else to consider here – the politics of the Reid move.  He’s taken the step of removing the most controversial parts of the gun control attempt.  But there’s still more for the Senate to consider.  And Reid is trying to use his removal of the “extreme” parts to demand a corresponding move (i.e. “compromise”) from the GOP in support of what’s left.

The background check bill is the most contentious of those three, and lawmakers are still working behind the scenes to find a compromise that can garner 60 votes in the chamber.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who has been trying to work out a compromise, said Tuesday he was optimistic on that front.

“I’m still working very hard, and hopefully reasonable people will look at reasonable proposals and something will happen,” he said.

And what would that compromise bring?

Currently, all sales by licensed firearms dealers must go through background checks, but transactions between private individuals do not. Lawmakers are looking for a way to extend checks to almost all transactions without also creating a record-keeping system that gun rights supporters fear could turn into a gun registry.

How could it not turn into a defacto“gun registry”?

And who wants to bet that some GOP Senators end up supporting it?

~McQ

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11 Responses to Feinstein’s assault weapons ban will not be in final Senate bill

  • “reasonable people will look at reasonable proposals”
    Where they get to define reasonable…..

  • Mrs. Feinstein insists she will not be ignored.

    But you’d best remember…she is not a six-grader…

    • “This country has come to feel the same when congress is in session as when a baby gets hold of a hammer.” Will Rogers

  • How could it not turn into a defacto“gun registry”?

    As we’ve discussed, before now, McQ.
    Again, purely private transfers are actually a tiny fraction of all transfers.  Most gun sales at gun shows are already subject to a full FFL process.

  • The NY Daily News is particularly despicable. Yesterday it was a front page call to ban Call of Duty and today it’s “shame on U.S” with all the pictures of the little white angels to further wave the bloody shirt.
    Black people, take note. When you and your kids get shot the liberals don’t say a word.

  • “…to ban firearms that have one cosmetic feature t…”
     
    Her stereotypical female preoccupation with cosmetics is not doing the feminist cause much good.
     
     

      • It is said the Emperor Caligula made a Senator of his favorite horse Incitatus – perhaps because Caligula was mad as a March hare, perhaps because he was making a point to the Senators about their abilities.   Whichever the case, when the horse became a Senator, it continued to be a horse.  So too with Feinstein, Idiot made Senator.
         
        I’m now old enough were I refuse to have the requisite respect for these clowns merely because they lied well enough or paid well enough to convince a bigger collection of clowns to keep putting them in office.

  • “Right now Democratic Senators are reading the electoral tea leaves and know that such a vote, at least for those in states where their seat isn’t safe, is electoral poison.”
     
    And unfortunately, the opposite is true for many Republicans. The moment they feel their political futures are at stake they will turn tail and run with the anti-gun crowd. The political class is, for want of a better description, whores to their voting public.

    • Half the time they take the word for of the Press that their political futures are at stake….and act accordingly.
       
      Such heros are many of our RINOs.