Reid to force a vote Thursday on debating gun proposals
April 9th, 2013
02:38 PM ET
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Reid to force a vote Thursday on debating gun proposals

Washington (CNN) - The Senate's top Democrat said Tuesday that he will force a vote on Thursday on whether to open debate on tougher gun laws, increasing pressure on legislators from both parties negotiating a possible compromise on a package that some Republicans have threatened to filibuster.

A GOP filibuster would mean Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs 60 votes to begin Senate consideration of the package based on proposals by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre in December that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

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  1. 82nd ABN VET

    They just need to go ahead and get this over with. We all know its not going to pass. And if it does pass in the Senate, it will surely die in the House.

    The last round of gun legislation was passed with a Democrat President and a Democrat led Senate and House with nice majorities. And the Democrats paid for passing it, loosing the House and seats in the Senate.

    Even if all 53 Democrat Senators and the 2 Independants vote for it (some Dems will not), they would need at least 5 Republicans to vote for it. That is a tall, tall order.

    Then you have the House to deal with. They may not even bring it to the floor to even vote on.

    The legislation proposed, if enacted prior to the movie theater or Sandy Hook incident, would NOT have prevented either act. It doesnt address the real problem. We need to put more focus on MENTAL HEALTH than anything else. But with magazine limits and "assualt weapons" ban talks, the Dems have lost ground on the issue.

    April 9, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. 2012liberal

    Idk why ppl say legislation wouldnt have prevented sandy hook. If ban wouldnt hv been lifted he would not hv had the gun. Nancy bought that gun after lift. And how ironic birds have come 2 roost about mentally ill. Get 2 thank good ole reagan 4 that defunding!

    April 9, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Tony D

    Yes, by all means Harry, force your nine Democrat Senators up for re-election in 2014 in RED STATES to vote on this. Either way they vote they will lose. They will be tarred with the anti-2nd Amendment brand of the Democrat party. Thank you for relinquishing control of the Senate. It will be great to see you booted from the leadership. You haven't done anything in YEARS.

    April 9, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. 2012liberal

    Thank you reid 4 making the effort 4 a vote. When yr done w that will b plez take care of filibuster!?

    April 9, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. CB FL

    I don't think Harry can look the parents in the eye and say he would not bring it to the floor for a vote.
    I think every senator that votes no should have to look the parents of Sandy Hook in the eye and explain how their job is worth more than a child's life.

    April 9, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. just sayin

    CB FL
    I don't think Harry can look the parents in the eye and say he would not bring it to the floor for a vote.
    I think every senator that votes no should have to look the parents of Sandy Hook in the eye and explain how their job is worth more than a child's life.
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    it has nothing to do with their jobs fool. the consitutional rights of every american is what is at stake. and please stop hiding behind dead children to push your far left gun control agenda. it is absolutely sickening.

    April 9, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Swift

    It's sure as monkey's throw feces, the republicans will do all they can to be a disruptive force. The party of Sling Blade, will do all they can to shelter profits from the manufactures, regardless of bodies piled up in a morgue.

    April 9, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. rs

    it has nothing to do with their jobs fool. the consitutional rights of every american is what is at stake. and please stop hiding behind dead children to push your far left gun control agenda. it is absolutely sickening.
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    Typical thoughtless response- but here goes: Can you explain how undergoing a background check in ANY WAY impinges on the right to bear arms?

    I thought not.

    Meanwhile, get back to us when someone used your first grader for target practice with a military grade weapon. We'll be here.

    April 9, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Guest

    Restrict our rights and you democrats will be working at Burger King in 2015.

    April 9, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why is there this fear with a vote? Don't these Republicans want people on the record as to how they voted when it comes to these bills on weapons? It does seem a little cowardly.

    April 9, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Typical thoughtless response- but here goes: Can you explain how undergoing a background check in ANY WAY impinges on the right to bear arms?"

    More to the point, the SCOTUS has consistently upheld them and there is nothing in the Constitution or SCOTUS precedent to suggest that universal background checks would be overturned on the grounds that "OMG OMG OMG IT'S THE FIRST STEP TO CONFISCATION BLAH BLAH SLIPPERY SLOPE JIBBA JABBA COLD DEAD HANDS YAMMER YAMMER DING DONG!!!!"

    April 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    @Just Stating the Obvious: It's time to start calling like it is. The senators who are blocking this vote are cowards.

    Where is the "freedom" in blocking a vote of a bill that is before the Senate because of the direct will of the American people?

    If these Republicans are so concerned about freedom, then they should man up and allow this vote to happen so all Americans can see just who stands where on this very important issue.

    It is time to call out Republican obstructionists for what they are: shills for the gun industry, men who are too scared of the NRA to take a stand out of fear of being "primaried" and losing their job.

    Well you know what? I think the safety of Americans is more important than the jobs of those 13 obstructionist republican Senators.

    April 9, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Just a little logic for all you gun nutjobs and NRA ditto heads to consider:

    No background checks are required to purchase weapons at gun shows or online.

    So guess where criminal go to buy their weapons?

    Requiring background checks on EVERY sale WILL reduce the number of weapons in the hands of criminals.

    If you're not a criminal – you have nothing to worry about.

    Republicans blocking this vote are protecting criminals.

    April 9, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    It's ridiculous that our government and our nation are being held hostage by a minority of Repub thugs who have absolutely NO regard for the will of the people.

    Time to vote all those Repub losers OUT in 2014.

    April 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    @82nd ABN VET: "The legislation proposed, if enacted prior to the movie theater or Sandy Hook incident, would NOT have prevented either act. "

    The kid in Aurora bought his weapons online – and had a history of mental problems.
    The Sandy Hook mom was allowed to buy weapons, even though she had a mentally disturbed child living with her.

    These background checks COULD and probably would have made a difference.

    April 9, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Jerubbaal

    For all the 2nd amendment zealots, background checks are in compliance with the well regulated clause of the 2nd amendment – ensuring that only those deemed fit to handle the responsibility of a firearm are able to purchase one.

    April 9, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |