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After the shocking and senseless shootings and murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut late last year, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden felt sure they finally had a strong emotional issue to use to ram through stronger gun control laws in America.
Their misplaced optimism ignored the numbers. Many, many Americans own guns and pro-gun advocates have a strong, powerful lobby that controls Congress with large campaign contributions and the kind of rabid following that could, and would, doom anyone dumb enough to vote for gun control.
Biden, the public face for the White House’s push for gun control, faced gun control supporters Tuesday and tried to say he and Obama “haven’t given up” on getting more gun control through Congress.
But Biden, as he so often does, lied. The White House has given up. They lost the war and they know it. The White House push on new and stronger background checks failed last April in a lopsided Senate vote and the Obama administration, while claiming otherwise, cut back on its gun legislation drive immediately.
No new sponsors have signed on to any legislation tightening gun control. No votes of background check bill have been held or scheduled. No timeline for future efforts has materialized.
Biden all but admitted defeat Tuesday:
I had hoped we would have assembled in this auditorium earlier. I had hoped we would have assembled here a couple of months ago celebrating the first in a number of victories that we will have.
He claimed White House efforts have brought about a “change” in national thinking on gun control.
Polls show little change in widespread national support for the rights to own firearms or the need for more efforts to control the sale of guns.
Biden claimed more Americans want to punish members of Congress who voted against increases in gun control.
The White House simply screwed up when the President and Vice President concluded the killings of elementary students would change the national mood on gun control. Past shootings at schools or public places haven’t done so. Why would Sandy Hook make any difference?
Biden admits the effort to increase gun control has “faltered.”
Faltered? An unusual display of understatement by Biden.
It failed. It failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate and never even had a chance to fall flat on its ass in the Republican controlled House.
Obama and Biden brought a knife to a gunfight and lost.
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