As the country still reels from last week’s Colorado shootings, Congressional gun control advocates seem to take a variety of stances on how — if at all — the federal government should respond.
When asked if the killings would be an impetus for tighter gun restrictions, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.) said “I hope so!”
“It’s time to take this tragedy and turn some good into it, I hope so,” she told National Review Online.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) was a little vaguer about how Washington should respond to the shooting. “I hope that it will give more serious energy to stronger and more effective enforcement,” he told NRO.
And, in good news for gun rights advocates, Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) said he doubts the massacre will result in stricter gun laws. “I don’t think anything like that’s going to happen here,” he explains.
He’s not alone. In a press conference, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) told reporters that Republicans will probably win the gun control battle, at least in the short run.
“You’re asking what can I bring to pass in the Senate? I mean, we’re being filibustered on taxes, we’ll see what happens on cyber security . . . so that’s just another issue that is kind of lost in the shuffle here by Republican obstruction.”