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April 5, 2013 - 5:35 am

The new gun control bill that is going through a tortuous process in the senate doesn’t have the votes to pass a new assault weapons ban or a limit on magazines.  The battle rests with expanded background checks, which wouldn’t have stopped the Newtown tragedy.  The president chastised us for forgetting about the victims, but not even the most powerful man in the free world could curb the tide of Americans’ affinity for their right to bear arms.  Even with the Newtown wind at the backs of the anti-gun crowds, they still lost the battle.

Jack Nicas and Joe Palazzolo of the Wall Street Journal wrote yesterday that more states have passed laws strengthening gun rights, than those curbing them.

This year, five states have passed seven laws that strengthen gun restrictions, while 10 states have passed 17 laws that weaken them, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which tracks and promotes gun-control laws.

Gun-control advocates have scored some victories. In New York and Colorado, which was the site of a movie-theater shooting last July that left 12 dead, new laws require background checks for all firearm sales and limit the size of ammunition magazines. Early Thursday, Connecticut lawmakers approved legislation to expand the state’s ban on certain semiautomatic weapons and require background checks for all firearm sales, among other restrictions. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, has said he would sign such a measure.

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Also helping the pro-gun-rights cause is that Republicans control 30 governorships and have full control of most state legislatures, easing the path for gun-rights measures. Of the 15 legislatures that have passed pro-gun-rights bills on to the governor, 13 are controlled by Republicans.

Democrat-controlled legislatures have failed to pass gun limits in some states, like Washington and New Mexico, and have had to weaken gun-control bills in others, including Minnesota. The Washington bill, to require universal background checks, failed last month despite Democrats’ 55-to-43 advantage in the House and residents’ 79% approval for the bill, according to a state poll.

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A CBS News poll taken in late March showed 47% of Americans supported stricter gun-control laws, down from a peak of 57% just after December’s Newtown shooting.

Gun-control advocates are now largely focusing on seven states where they say there is still chance for significant gun-control legislation: California, Oregon, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois.

So, liberals’ only shot at curbing gun rights rests in some of the most corrupt and liberal states in the country.  The failure of the Washington State bill also highlights the overall split within the Democratic Party over gun rights.  A split that proved to be fatal when it came to pushing the president’s anti-gun agenda.

Matt Vespa is a web editor at Townhall.com and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.

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I note Wyoming is listed as *strengthening* gun restrictions. I can't find anything to suggest that's true. In fact, they introduced controversial legislation to prosecute anyone who tries to enforce federal gun control laws in the state.
1 year ago
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I'll say it again. I troll DU to tweet out their idiocy, and by my rough math, almost 30% of them are lawful gun owners. There is such a mini civil war going on over this issue that the site owner has literally banned discussion of guns. Not sure what PresidentBrick is thinking, but this is not a winning argument for him.
1 year ago
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Want to fight back? Repel the 1934 National Firearms Act, the 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act. And get all those "gun free zones" declared illegal. The Second amendment is clear: the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.
1 year ago
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Correction: The president chastised us for forgetting about the victims, but not even the most powerful man in the free world *couldn't* curb the tide of Americans’ affinity for their right to bear arms.
1 year ago
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That doesn't parse. It's a double negative. I think it was correct as originally written.
1 year ago
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This is starting to resemble the same approach they took with passing Obamacare - they will keep pushing and pushing and pushing and try to pass something by hook or crook in any way necessary to get their way and to he11 with the consequences.

We need to start pushing back!

Playing defense is a losing strategy because we cede all initiative to the other side. Simply sitting back and trying to block these efforts will eventually lose our rights entirely.

We need to put them on defense for a change.
1 year ago
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I know math is hard but you do know that the Democrats had overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress when Obamacare was passed, right?

He can push all he wants but the House is controlled by a pro-Second Amendment majority and at least 45 Senators stand in his way in the Senate.

Here is how a bill is passed: It must get a majority of the House, 60 Senators if there are objections and be signed by the President. You, count'em, three elements have to agree. The President will be waiting on the outcome of the 2014 Congressional elections to make a run at it. I suggest that you and all your friends go vote for the pro-Second Amendment candidate regardless of his other positions even if he thinks that you can't get pregnant if it's a "legitimate" rape.
1 year ago
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You list all of the advantages under which Obamacare was passed - yet ignore the fact that even with all of that backing the democrats up they STILL had to pass it strictly on party line vote AND had to engage in parlimentary manuevering to get it passed!

If you just look at the numbers and grow complacent, then you are asking to lose this fight.
1 year ago
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"...the House is controlled by a pro-Second Amendment majority..."

Well, it's controlled by a *Republican* majority, but that's no guarantee these days.
1 year ago
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" The president chastised us for forgetting about the victims, but not even the most powerful man in the free world could curb the tide of Americans’ affinity for their right to bear arms. "

What? Do you even bother to listen to the arguments against gun control?

The victims would have been safer had one of the adults present at the school been better equipped to defend against an attack. That means guns.
1 year ago
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I meant to say couldn't*
1 year ago
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That would make the sentence a double negative unless you removed "not" from "not even the most powerful man."

I'm really not sure what Crawford's objection is.
1 year ago
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I wouldn't be rejoicing. There are still dozens of pending gun control bills in Congress that people are ignoring. Also, a lot of what is going to happen in the future depends on what happens in the 2014 midterms and 2016. If gun owners, who actually have been pretty apathetic so far given their overall numbers, do not support Pro-2a candidates, there is a very real possibility that Congress may end up with enough leverage to run through whatever the elites want in terms of gun control. At that point, the pro-gun state laws will be rendered moot.

In other words, this is no time to be sitting back thinking it's over. As Biden said, this is only the beginning, meaning the worst is likely ahead.
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