Obama-backed gun bills considered a long shot in Congress
January 16th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama-backed gun bills considered a long shot in Congress

(CNN) - Despite supporters' hopes that this time it's different, President Barack Obama new call for restricting some semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines will face deeply entrenched resistance in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be a long shot even in the Democratic-led Senate.

Any gun legislation sent to the House "is going to have to pass with most Democrats and a few Republicans," said Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report. "This would be an even more high-profile bill."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. CanadaONE

    when more research is done on gun control – will your Uiversities find that

    - the vast majority of STAUNCH NRA members suffer from mental illness or social problems or lag in education

    - it will be interesting to get the results

    January 16, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Gregory M. Newbold

    Those patriots who truly love America need to consider this; the will of the majority of the people is currently maginalized by US Congressional districts that have been REDRAWN in gerry-mandering efforts by Republican Governors & state legislatures.

    To increase responsiveness to the American people, more Congressional Districts must become competitive contests in the GENERAL ELECTION. Therefore, I call on the DNC, the Attorney General, and private citizens to sue states that create or defend oddly-shaped contrived districts.

    This is the most important step to take to get gun control legislation passed for it will reduce all gridlock in Washington.

    January 16, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. rs

    Sure, anything that benefits the majority of Americans or actually requires work won't get done by Mr. Boehner's little House of radicals, or it will get filibustered by McConnell or one of the other GOP members in the Senate.

    The GOP working against America....

    January 16, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. CBP

    So long as the Republicans keep their heads in the sand it will be very difficult to get new legislation passed which would keep assault rifles and clips from being sold UNLESS WE the AMERICAN people pus them to do so. Obviously every time that the President makes a suggestion the GOP meets the suggestions with opposition. They are not capable of looking at the whole picture and trying to find ways to agree rather than disagree.

    Some of the statements made by Republicans today will push people away from the Party. The fact that children lost their lives does not seem to matter at all. They just cannot find a way to work with the President. The name-calling alone is very aggravating and very rude. No idea or legislation can be acceptable if it is proposed by the President. The maturity level continues to go down. Ed Meese, Ann Coulter, Rush Lumbaugh, Marco Rubio and Reps form Texas and MO among others have made statements which have not relevance and continue to push people away formt his once proud party.

    Thought George Bush would speak about the NRA ad but alas he is not willing to speak about the issues. Just which Republican will dare to criticize the NRA and members of the GOP who are not willing to look at all gun-related legislation to make sure that folks are safe, especially our children.

    January 16, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Deb in MT

    Why single out gun safety bills? Anything presented to the obstructionist GOPer controlled House is and has been a 'long shot', even when he's recycled previous GOP ideas (Obamacare, anyone: originally came from the GOP Heritage Foundation).

    January 16, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. luke,az

    The NRA is not relevant. 900 people have died since Sandy Hook. It's time to ban assault weapons and perform background checks on all gun purchases. Keep the spotlight on legislators who won't do the right thing for the safety of our communities.

    January 16, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The first assault weapons ban barely passed when the Democrats controlled the House and Senate. I don't think that it will happen this time.

    January 16, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Big Bird

    Everyone should have seen this one coming.....

    January 16, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. enuff

    Tell me why assault weapon bans were ok following the attack on Reagan (with the fight of Brady) but children die and it's a fight from the republicans?o

    January 16, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Newtown awakened a sleeping giant. Even some responsible gun owners are behind the Preident on this one. The rethugs better watch their step or they will become as extinct as the Doo Doo bird and they are certainly on their way to oblivion!

    January 17, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  11. rs

    Anything the President of the United States wants for America is a "long shot" (good one, CNN) in Congress- the Republicans have raised obstructionism and anti-Americanism to a higher-level art form.

    January 17, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |