Normally, following a mass shooting in the United States, the gun control lobby fires up and goes on a rampage about how if guns were just illegal, or if there were just background checks before firearms are sold, the shooting could have been prevented.
Considering that most states do have background checks for legal firearms sales, why there would be a need for more legislation on the matter is a good question, but that did not stop a couple of Democrat Senators from giving it a shot anyway.
“It just doesn’t seem to be helpful to me to go after law-abiding citizens and our Second Amendment rights, so I’m going to continue to hold that position,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of GOP leadership, said Tuesday.
“I think I heard a Black person from Buffalo on television say that guns don’t kill, people kill. So what are you going to accomplish by gun control?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Monday. “Particularly, if it’s a violation of the Second Amendment?”
The comments underscore what Democrats say would be a heavy lift for significant action on gun reform following the shooting in the evenly split Senate, where the party would need the support of all of its members, and at least 10 Republicans, to pass gun reform legislation.
“I think we’ve got to continue to organize around it. But clearly, if we can’t get the votes for Manchin-Toomey in the Senate right now, it’s going to be hard to move any bills,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said on Tuesday, referring to gun reform legislation first introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) years back, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
And that has Senator Manchin frustrated.
“We can’t even get Manchin-Toomey, which didn’t violate anyone’s rights. It just said there should not be a commercial transaction unless there’s a background check,” Manchin said. “It’s the most, I think it’s the most agreed upon, it’s the most accepted in the country and we can’t even get that done.”
That could well be because the law simply is not needed. It also would not have prevented any of the shootings in question. That would fall more along the lines of mental health reform, but that topic has not been touched.