Despite online ammo bill, many Democrats still won't touch gun policy
July 30th, 2012
04:49 PM ET
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Despite online ammo bill, many Democrats still won't touch gun policy

Washington (CNN) - When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York unveiled their bill Monday to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition, they did so in a state most friendly to Democrats - New York.

But across the country, voters might not be as receptive. Gun control can be seen as political quicksand for Democratic lawmakers.


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    These politicians, whether democrat or republican better grow a pair. You did not swear allegiance to the NRA!!! Or did you?

    July 30, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Logic N LA

    They won't touch gun policy because they are all useless. Vote themout and put in some intelligent people that are for the people!

    July 30, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    if you can really go by polls a recent one showed that many members of the NRA favored some form of gun control when it came to trying to keep guns out of the hands of possible terrorist or even people with mental issues. But the the big guys in the NRA are silent on that matter as well. The US leads the world in gun ownership and also deaths by guns so why change it now? You would think the nation with the most guns would have the lowest crime rate but for some reason that is not the case.

    July 30, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. 99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Democrats destroying the economy and jobs for 4 years wasn't bad enough! Now they want to endorse gay marriage and push for even more gun control, as if the thousands of laws already on the books isn't enough. November was going to be a Democrat demolition anyways. They keep this up, there will not be much left to the party besides the nutty of the nuttiest., like Pelosi.

    July 30, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. BLKMANinAmerica

    WHY should they be the scape goats for those sorry repuks who def DO NOTHING IN CONGRESS but cry like babies? It seems the only stupid people here are repuks on this subject DEMS are all to aware of this.

    July 30, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    Seriously, everything has to become extreme, now politicians of either side won't agree we need to regulate on-line mail order sale of ammunition? I don't like guns but I do agree with the freedom to keep and bear arms by normal citizens not by criminals or mentally ill so what is the problem with stricter laws? Stricter laws are okay just don't take away the freedom to bear arms.

    July 30, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Nothing says "public safety" like "banana clip."

    July 30, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Dave Jaipersaud

    Why is this issue viewed in the media as a Democrats issue. I am pretty sure that some of the folks that were killed or injured were Republicans. Is it a foregone conclusion that Republicans don't care about people being injured or killed by guns and it’s up to the Democrats to do something about it. Do Republicans view owning a gun as more important than human life. One would think that the party that is so opposed to a woman’s right to choose if she wants to have a baby or not would fight tooth and nail to protect a human life that is already in existence. Some of them want to ban all form of birth control but yet is okay with someone having easy access to guns that are used thousands of times every year to kill another human being. Isn’t this the definition of hierocracy?

    July 30, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Thomas

    These politicians, whether democrat or republican better grow a pair. You did not swear allegiance to the NRA!!! Or did you?

    Hey , why don't you run for office , I'd vote for you !

    July 30, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "what is the problem with stricter laws? "

    Stricter laws = decreased profit. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. If you think that domestic gun and ammunition sales and idiotic rules like those that allow people to buy guns without a background check if it's at a gun show...if you don't think all of that isn't a byproduct of the money-hungry military industrial complex and the companies who drive it (and who buy our politicians), then boy have I got a bridge to sell you.

    July 30, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Steve, New York City

    Almost no politician says anything because the NRA and other ultra-rich vultures run Washington. The Supreme Court's obtuse 2010 ruling made everything sharply worse (thanks to their mind-boggling decision to allow unlimited soft dollars into the political process). Corporations are NOT individuals. What a joke!

    July 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |

    Here come the 2AM crazies and the NRA backers. When are these folks going to realize that Obama is NOT going to take your guns away. According to most of you right wing nuts, he's S&W's top salesman!!

    July 30, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Karm99

    The Republicans never even get mentioned in Gun or Ammunition control.

    They are the Party of cowards.

    July 30, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    one thing people need to realize is how the NRA and some Republicans like to spin gun control laws. They use the fear tactics that the feds want to take EVERYBODY'S guns away from them and that is far from being the truth. Believe it or not even Democrats own guns and there are some on the left that do as well. What is wanted is to try to keep weapons out of the hands of people like the one last week, or out of the hands of people that can do our nation harm. Simple as that. The AK-47 and why any normal citizen needs one is another story....that's a male power trip issue if you ask me.

    July 30, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |

    Thanks Thomas. I just may.

    July 30, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. tylenol

    bow down to the NRA and GOD

    July 30, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    and also because it's not about guns or people's lives it's about MONEY, POWER and holding on to a position that should have been given term limits years ago.

    July 30, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. fernace

    Do people really need as.sault rifles to "protect" themselves? Why do we hardly ever hear about a violent attack that was stopped by a citizen w/his legal gun? We often hear how, hypothetically, this or that tragic situation would have turned out different if a lawabiding person had "taken out" the criminal, but in practice it's obviously not that simple! I believe guns are good for home protection, like alarms & smoke detectors, but it would help if the existing laws were upheld & then we can discuss adding, revising or eliminating! No matter what, as.sault weapons gotta go!!

    July 30, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Larry L

    I notice the photo is of reasonable weapons primarily used for hunting and shooting sports. The majority of new gunshops in Texas look more like a military armory – all "black" guns with the term "tactical" used as if it had meaning. The N.R.A. will enentually force non-gun owning voters to create unreasonable laws without rational input from gun owners. They've become too militant and irrational to trust.

    July 30, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. just noticing the ignorance.

    As a sporting shooter. It is very easy to go through a 1000's rounds in a few hours. With that being said the ignorance with this bill and the other comments. YOU CAN'T carry 1000's of rounds of ammunition. PEOPLE ammo weighs alot. I wish people really would have some common sense here. The military only carries a couple hundred rounds when they are on patrol. ... and how would this stop any shooting like the one in Colorado? It wouldn't.

    July 30, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Maybe le pierre needs to be close to some madman's actions (like the massacre in CO) to really scare the you know what out of him.
    It's easy to stand on a podium talking guns (as heston who lost it at the end and his cold dead hands) killing animals but put him in the middle of the melee like in Colorado or in so many other places where innocent people have been murdered and he would sign a different tune.
    The rethugs and teapublikkkans only want to protect the unborn and take away all human and civil rights in the name of the so called god.

    July 30, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. crying syria

    We should be aware when rates are cornered that they would attack back to make their marks. It is more than ever that Iran and Syria will strike U.S.A. in the heart of its land. Read the “Twins in Arms” because you should.

    July 30, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. jordan2396

    Really it does not matter whether you call yourself democrat or republican, remember seperation does not breed love; it only breeds envy. Rich, poor, SEPERATION!!!! Remeber 'WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'!!!!! We care so much about ourselves, no wonder politicians find it ever so easy to lie to us. Seperation between you and me; put the black and the white, the rich and the poor, democrat and republican, light and darkness in the same room; and you can 'bet your bottom dollar', by the time an hour has passed; we all will be wondering WHAT MAKES THEM BETTER THAN ME!!!!

    July 31, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  24. rprofish

    This Romney is such a pompus jerk. Let's bomb the world! Ya...Ok. Obviously he has no knowledge of the Middle East...or anywhere else. So funny too...Ya think that costs money? His message is naive. Can't wait to see him lose in humility.

    July 31, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. What?

    Just in time Frank, where were you before???

    July 31, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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