White House Pressures Republicans on Gun Control

Today, the White House pressures Republicans on gun control. President Obama and the White House has turned it up on Republicans in a push for gun control legislation. Not only are the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting last December hitching a ride on Air Force One to DC with Obama. President Obama will once again make his case for common sense gun control. As I mentioned recently, Republican lawmakers (as well as some Democrats) are crumbling under the pressure of the NRA on gun control. As I mentioned last week, things aren’t looking so well for gun control advocates; and, it appears that gun control may end up receiving a piecemeal approach. This is much to the dismay of advocates outside of the beltway; but, as long as Obama has breath, the fight continues. Why? Because currently there are at least 13 Senate Republicans threatening to filibuster a vote on gun control legislation.

The White House isn’t going easy on Republicans:

WASHINGTON — The White House is stepping up its public efforts to shame Republicans into allowing a vote on gun control legislation in the Senate, saying that a threatened filibuster is an affront to the families of the children who died in the December school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, said Sunday that members of both parties applauded during the State of the Union address when President Obama — with some of the Newtown families looking on — insisted that the gun legislation deserved a vote in Congress.

white-house-gun-control-republicans“Now that the cameras are off and they are not forced to look the Newtown families in the face, now they want to make it harder and filibuster it,” Mr. Pfeiffer said on the ABC News program “This Week.”

“We can’t have it. If we have a simple up-or-down vote, we can get this done,” he said.

[…] Jay Carney, the White House press secretary said last week that the president would remind “members of Congress that those who have been most affected by tragic gun violence deserve a vote on the measures currently being considered.”

The finger-wagging from the administration comes as the gun legislation, including an expanded background check system, appears to be bogged down in the Senate, where several Republicans have signaled that they will demand 60 votes in order to move forward.

Gun rights advocates have been sharply critical of the president for what they say is an attempt to use the Newtown tragedy to advance a liberal gun control agenda.They argue that the background check system is broken and that its expansion would become a government gun registry that threatens the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns. (source)

Listen to the discussion below:

Listen to Obama’s speech in Hartford, CT. below: