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Bridget Johnson


April 25, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Connecticut’s senators are weighing their next gun-control steps after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) yanked the bill in the wake of the failure of key amendments.

And they’ve admitted they’re discussing how the Boston terrorist attack plays into their effort.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Chris Murphy (D) drew criticism during the gun-control debate for having families from the Newtown shooting at press conferences, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and filling the gallery during votes.

Tomorrow, the pair have media availabilities at a legislative office in Hartford and a high school in Bridgeport — complete with students — to discuss “the path forward” for gun-control legislation.

In the Hartford meeting, according to Blumenthal’s office, they’ll be “addressing the ramifications of the Senate vote on gun violence legislation, filibuster reform, and the impact of the Boston bombing on the continued legislative effort.”

Gun-control proponents decried the 60-vote threshold for amendments that doomed most add-ons including the Manchin-Toomey substitute language on background checks.

At Bridgeport’s Bassick High School, “the senators will join Connecticut Against Violence and 700 Bridgeport students for a forum on the negative impacts of gun violence.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning that the legislation will likely be resurrected soon.

“I think we’re going to bring this bill back before the end of the year and I think you may find some changes,” said Schumer. “Lots of senators who thought it was safe to vote against it are not so sure any more.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Going to add an amendment to ban pressure cookers?
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Of course they'll "bring it back." How many times did they bring Obamacare back from the grave? They're relentless. The question is, are we?
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