A filibuster on gun control is coming, and President Obama is none too happy about it. President Obama warned Congress yesterday to not use delaying tactics against the gun control legislation currently being debated in the Senate.
President Obama’s tactics haven’t changed – he is still standing on the graves of Sandy Hook to push his agenda. What has changed is the frequency and the intensity in which he is pushing.Â This was his call yesterday, speaking at the University of Hartford.
Let’s make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down.
President Obama, for whatever reason, appears to want a vote on gun control. A vote that he will almost assuredly lose.
Some back in Washington are already floating the idea that they might use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms. Think about that. Theyâ€™re not just saying theyâ€™ll vote no on ideas that almost all Americans support. Theyâ€™re saying they wonâ€™t allow any votes on them at all. Theyâ€™re saying your opinionÂ doesn’tÂ matter. And thatâ€™s not right.
If you haven’t been following the issue, what the President is talking about are the 14 Republican Senators who have vowed to filibuster gun control:
- Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
- Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)
- Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
- Mike Lee (R-Utah)
- James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)
- Richard Burr (R-North Carolina)
- Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming)
- Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
- Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
- Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)
- Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
- Dan Coats (R-Indiana)
- Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
- James Risch (R-Idaho
You know what Mr. President? I want a vote too. I want those Senators that vote for gun control to have that vote used against them in the coming midterm elections, and I want to see some anti-gun Democrats voted out of office.
What I don’t understand is why the President appears to want a vote. Does he really think that gun control has any chance of passing, or is it just political posturing? Gun control, in any form, has little chance of passing the Senate (though it is possible), but is almost assuredly dead on arrival in the House. So why is he pushing so hard?
The only thing I can come up with is this. He’s pushing hard for gun control, so that after the next tragedy (the next tragedy is when, not if) he can claim that had Congress acted after Sandy Hook, lives would have been saved.
Watch an excerpt from the President’s speech.