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April 24, 2014

Reid, Biden to Huddle on Gun Legislation Soon

With immigration, budget issues and administration controversies sucking up all the Captiol’s oxygen, the once-charged debate over gun control has fallen largely by the wayside. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he plans to meet this week with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-WVa., to determine whether there’s possible legislative action.

Manchin was one of four co-sponsors of a background check bill that failed to garner a filibuster-proof 60 votes in April, despite bipartisan backing and intense lobbying from key figures including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I spoke to the vice president yesterday about this. He and I are going to get together in the next week. I’ve spoken to Sen. Manchin today. We’re going to get together this week and talk about this,” Reid told reporters Tuesday after the Democrats’ weekly luncheon.

“I’m not going to bring up a vote just to have a vote,” Reid continued. “I want to bring up this vote again if we can accomplish something that seems pretty commonsense to me. If you have severe mental problems, or you are a criminal, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”

Manchin’s office could not immediately confirm the meeting.

It’s unclear when would be the best time for the Senate to reconsider gun control legislation. Reid has said he will not move forward on any bill that might be deemed controversial before the immigration overhaul passes. And perhaps the majority leader’s decision to speak with Manchin and Biden stems from a need to quell Democratic frustration about the gun issue as lawmakers haggle on the details of the immigration bill.

As Reid announced his plans to discuss gun control this week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said he is “seriously considering” offering gun control amendments to the pending immigration bill. Blumenthal, who has become more vocal on the issue in the months since a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, pulled back on his push for the measures when the Senate Judiciary Committee was marking up the legislation.

“There are some common-sense, gun violence control measures that apply very logically and reasonably to the immigration bill,” Blumenthal said, according to a Bloomberg report being circulated by his office. “I am very seriously considering offering them on the floor.”

As #WGDB reported Monday, there is apprehension from leaders and those working on the immigration overhaul that politically divisive amendments could disrupt the delicate coalition backing the measure and sink the bill.

  • Hawkeye3939

    Biden, Reid, and Manchin together in one room=the lowest IQ possible.

    • garysvent

      The collective IQ of a scared rabbit.

  • NJDruid1

    If they would just stop repeating each other’s “common sense” phrase, they might get somewhere. Many of us feel that it’s not common sense, but non-sense, and we’re growing tired of hearing that overused phrase. Common sense would be for them to recognize that their irresponsible legislation is not needed, not wanted and that they should just stop wasting time and money pursuing it.

    • nrajeff

      They have learned to dishonestly euphemize their extremist ideas so they can trick the low-info people into supporting them. Hence, “common-sense” infringements on rights, “affordable” mandatory insurance, etc.

  • gemini34

    When will these idiots learn the Second Amendment? They really think that they are above the law. I cannot wait for them to be replaced. I’m sick of reading about new anti gun laws. It has been proven that criminals ignore their laws. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID !!!

  • Mustang Mike

    Already on the books as being illegal for a immigrant with out permanent residence or a illegal alien to purchase a firearm. So once again obama and the great left wing needs to learn how to READ & ENFORCE the F’ing laws…

  • Carriersailor

    If the fascists would only try to buy a firearm they’d find out there Is background checks right now. There is a huge gun show coming to Harrisburg give It a try.

  • papmoose

    under their proposals these people would never be able to own guns.why don’t they come up with ways to punish criminals.and how about background checks for our elected officials.

  • garysvent

    “If you have severe mental problems, or you are a criminal, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”

    Isn’t that true now? The States, where crimes are committed (crimes are not committed in a “federal”), should be handling this, not some overpaid whack jobs with nothing important to do but pontificate against the Bill of Rights.

    • Gary Diamond

      Then how in the world were federal government offices, like Social Security Administration, IRS and NOAA justified to arm themselves to the teeth, with a plethora of hollow-point rounds? Are American conservatives, armed with the US Constitution and Bill-of-Rights, really that much of a threat to preservation of the regime?

      • garysvent

        Not justified; just doing it. They are afraid of all competition.

  • chfnelson

    Sick and tired of these anti-gunners always trying to sell their ideas as ‘common sense’, when in fact they fly in the face of reason. It is a favored tactic of the left to make anyone who disagrees with them look like they are retards.

  • Gary Diamond

    This is one of the reasons the left is pushing for passage of Immigration Reform . . . so they can draft enough immigration votes to return control of the House to the liberal/progressives, with Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker saddle again. Then, they will have a clear path to shred all Founding Father documents and maintain total control over the rest of us. Happy 4th of July!

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