Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that the Senate would put aside the gun control bill for now, saying “it’s only a matter of time before we bring this anti-gun violence measure back to the floor.”
The bill in question is S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013. After several key amendments failed to garner the 60 votes needed yesterday, Reid made the call today to pull the entire bill. He had the following to say, emphasis added:
Yesterday, the families of gun violence victims watched as Republicans defeated a commonsense proposal to expand background checks that has the support of 90 percent of Americans. Republicans once again filibustered a commonsense proposal.
Make no mistake, this debate is not over. In fact, this fight is just beginning. I’ve spoken with the president. He and I agree that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit a pause and freeze the background check bill where it is.
The 90% nonsense we keep hearing is, well, nonsense, but shows that Democrats think they have the majority of Americans on their side. Or maybe they think that if the lie gets repeated often enough, people will begin to believe it.
Whatever the case, rest assured that while this is great news, it certainly isn’t over. You can read more here.