Congress is about as likely to impose firecracker control after a man lobbed some at the White House on Monday as lawmakers are to tighten gun laws after the slaughter of 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., only a few hours earlier.
That’s the grim feeling among profoundly frustrated gun-control advocates and their Democratic allies on Capitol Hill. They say privately that if the Christmastime massacre of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., last year couldn’t spur action on modest steps to combat gun violence, what chance does the killing of a dozen adults have?
"We don’t have the votes. I hope to get them, but we don’t have them now," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday when asked if the Senate would revisit a bill to tighten background checks after Monday's shootings. The Senate rejected a similar measure in April.
That measure failed by five votes — Reid switched his “yes” vote to “no” in a procedural move that permits him to bring the proposal up again. OnRead More »from Navy Yard shooting to spur gun debate — but little action likely