In comments made on April 25, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) both said they were saddened gun control didn’t pass on April 17 but assured reporters the measures would be brought up for another vote some time this year.
“I think we will bring the bill back before the end of the year… lots of Senators who thought it was safe to vote against it [on April 17] because of the intensity [pro-gun groups] are not so sure anymore,” Schumer said.
Schumer said the intensity for gun control has increased since the failed vote for gun control legislation, and he thinks Americans are now “intense” in their desire for more gun control.
McCain concurred, saying, “I… agree with Chuck that I think the issue will come back.” McCain supported the Manchin/Toomey gun control “compromise” the first time around; he said the toughest part of pushing it is that “Second Amendment defenders” are very active.
Contrary to claims that momentum has shifted in favor of more gun control, national polls show an ever-increasing drop in public support for gun laws. A recent USA Today poll showed that support for stricter gun control fell from 61% in February to 49% by April 21.
Moreover, Democrat Senators in red states running for re-election in 2014 know their political well-being depends on defending the 2nd Amendment.