Today's Melodrama: Dems and Guns
On Wednesday, 45 senators killed a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers. So the New York Times editorial board wrote this:
"For 45 senators, the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a forgotten tragedy."
"It's now up to voters to exact a political price from those who defied the public's demand, and Mr. Obama was forceful in promising to lead that effort. Wednesday was just Round 1, he said; the next step is to replace those who loyalty is given to a lobby rather than the people."
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Throws Mini Tantrum
In response to Wednesday's killed bill (see above), we got this from Bloomberg.
"Today's vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby. The only silver lining is that we now know who refuses to stand with the 90 percent of Americans -- and in 2014, our ever-expanding coalition of supporters will make sure that voters don't forget."
90 Percent Versus 4 Percent
While Bloomberg asserts 90 percent of Americans supported the bill requiring background checks for gun buyers, this Gallup polls seems to show that, actually, only 4 percent of Americans think guns are a huge problem facing the country.