Harry Reid has vowed to continue working on extended background checks for gun owners, but concedes that he doesn't have the votes to pass it. But Vice President Joe Biden claimed that several republicans told him they had changed their mind. Where are they. In the wake of the Washington Naval Yard shootings, many democrats were hopeful to pass new gun legislation.
Reid told the press that in the light of the recent shootings, he was moving ahead with drafting antigun legislation, but quickly added that he would not bring it to the floor until he had 60 votes. Reid says he is not close. No one really believes the Joe Biden story about republicans wanting to change their vote, but it's not hard to imagine that many democrats have.
The Colorado recall elections were a wake up call for democrats favoring more and more gun control. Especially the vote in Pueblo County, where democrats outnumber republicans 2-1 but democrat Angela Giron lost by 12 points. And with the 2014 elections quickly approaching, it's doubtful that any legislation could be passed.
In April, the senate failed to pass a far reaching bill on gun control. It would have provided for more background checks and would have banned 157 different weapons, but specifically exempted the Remington shotgun used by the Naval Yard shooter.
Reid claims that many republicans have told him that they know passing the legislation is the right thing to do, but they cannot do it politically. That comment has to be taken with a grain of salt, considering the outright lies he constantly feeds the press. Remember, he said that Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. He refused to name his source.