|U.S. Senate Majority Leader|
What's the point? This new gun control bill, if it passes, will maybe have some increased background checks and things in it, but it won't have the ban of the most dangerous weapons. All of this coming as it appears another college campus shooting was narrowly averted at the University of Central Florida when the possible perpetrator offed himself before carrying out his plan.
It's sad that there's no more bold leadership. A bold Senate leader would have brought the bill with the assault weapons ban to the floor and fought like heck for it. The victims of those weapons deserved that. It may have failed, but it would have put on record those that opposed it on both sides of the aisle. Harry Reid's easy way out allows the Democrats who would have voted against an assault weapons ban to save some face. I refuse to be convinced that there is any private citizen need for an assault rifle. There just isn't, and I've seen many of the arguments.
I'll have a respectful conversation with you if you disagree with me, but there's simply no reason for Reid to chicken out like this and not bring a ban back to the floor. We had an assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004, so this is not an unprecedented piece of legislation.
I salute Senator Dianne Feinstein for her work. She understands what gun violence looks like. It's clear that Harry Reid doesn't understand what leadership looks like.