Score one for NRA
The Kansas City Star
The National Rifle Association pulled ahead of people outraged over the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting when the Senate failed Tuesday to include an assault weapons ban in legislation addressing gun violence.
It’s not an oversight. Democrats, who are nervous about their re-election chances in Republican-heavy states, didn’t want to arm their opponents and look like open game in a turkey shoot.
It would have been a political massacre reminiscent of 1994 when the Republicans took over Congress. That also followed an assault weapons ban passed by Congress that year. That legislation was pushed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein the same as the ban on assault-style weapons this year.
It follows the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., mass shootings and others in the country. The 1994 ban expired close to 10 years ago and was not renewed.
Getting it passed will be a fight that the NRA doesn’t plan to lose.