Democratic Gun Grab Will Likely Fail in the Senate
On November 27, 2022, congressional Democrats revealed that their “assault weapons” ban legislative project does not have sufficient support to receive Joe Biden’ signature.
“I’m glad that President Biden is going to be pushing us to take a vote on an assault weapons ban. The House has already passed it. It’s sitting in front of the Senate. Does it have 60 votes in the Senate right now? Probably not,” Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy declared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I don’t know how you get 60 votes in the Senate,” proclaimed South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn commented on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Zachary Stieber of The Epoch Times observed that the House passed H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban, back in July. Stieber highlighted how that this bill would “prohibit the sale, manufacture, and possession of all semiautomatic guns.”
The main problem here is that the Senate is divided on a 50-50 basis, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a potential tie-breaking vote. However, a filibuster — likely coming from pro-gun champions such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — would scuttle such legislation. In order to nullify a filibuster scenario, Democrats need to flip 10 Republican senators in order to pass this legislation.
Given how hard right Republican voters have turned in the past decade, it will be difficult for Democrats to find 10 Republicans who will sell out gun owners.
With Republicans taking back the House after the 2022 midterms, House Democrats have entered a power politics frenzy. They’re trying to do everything in the lame duck period of Congress to pass this legislation.
In Thanksgiving of 2022, Biden urged Congress to pass “much stricter gun laws” and said he would push for a prohibition on so-called “assault weapons.”
“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” Biden stated.
“It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” he continued.
Overall, gun owners can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there isn’t much of a gun control consensus in Congress. This is not a coincidence. It’s the product of decades of work that pro-gun organizations have carried out that has struck fear into the hearts of politicians on both sides of the aisle. That kind of pressure has ensured that politicians do not make overly brash moves against gun rights.
Though there is still much work to be done as far as restoring gun rights is concerned. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Gun Control Inc. won’t be passing gun control at will anytime soon.