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Bridget Johnson


November 14, 2013 - 6:48 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a Brady Campaign event yesterday that just “20, 30 more” co-sponsors are needed on a gun-control bill to push it to the floor, and “there are at least 30 more who would vote for it.”

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) has been tasked with gathering co-sponsors in the House while Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been whipping his colleagues in the upper chamber to revive gun-control legislation.

“At the beginning of every Congress we take an oath of office to protect and defend — that’s our first responsibility. It’s an honor to take that oath, but I’m ashamed to be here to face all of you not having finished the job yet,” said in her opening remarks.

“We must be relentless in how we pursue this, how we protect and defend the American people. In the two decades since the Brady Bill was signed into law, over two million gun requests did not get approved. Imagine: it stopped two million illegal gun purchases and helped protect millions of Americans from the incomprehensible tragedy felt by all of you here today,” she added.

Thompson, chairman of the Democrats’ gun-control task force, has “185, possibly 186″ co-sponsors “at the end of the day,” Pelosi said.

“That’s a large number of co-sponsors for a gun violence prevention legislation. That’s a large number of people to put their name in advance on a bill — not knowing if it’s ever even going to come up. Three, perhaps four by the end of the day are Republicans. But a large number of Republicans have assured Mr. Thompson, and others of us, that they will be there if the bill comes to the floor,” she said.

“Nobody’s political career is more important than protecting the American people. Who among us is of such value that we would not say, ‘I’ll take a risk, so that our kids don’t have to take a risk and be in danger?’ So, I think there’s reason to be hopeful… And when it passes the House, some senators — well-intentioned — would no longer have the excuse: ‘It’s no use my risking my political career because it’s not going any place in the House.’ Let’s prove it. Let’s turn that around.”

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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Pelosi is lying about the number of Democrats, much less Republicans, who would support her radical gun control bill.

The Democrats, facing the radioactive fallout from Obamacare, are going to take on the always toxic gun control issue just before the 2014 mid-terms?

Dream on, Nancy.
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Gun Control is going nowhere this session. This is just for fundraising, and campaign fodder.
Honestly, why doesn't Pelosi talk about Seward's Folly or the Gadsden Purchase - has just as much chance to be relevant as Gun Control.
23 weeks ago
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The Republicans should add a pedophile control provision to anything Pelosi proposes.
23 weeks ago
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“At the beginning of every Congress we take an oath of office to protect and defend — that’s our first responsibility. "

Dear Nancy: It's an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States --including the Bill of Rights, which includes the 2nd amendment-- and not an oath to protect the people *from* the Constitution.
23 weeks ago
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She's a liberal. It's unfair to expect her to understand such complex concepts as sentence structure.
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