Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (D-Nevada) said Tuesday he “would love to bring [gun control] back up,” but he does not have the votes to pass any new laws.
Reid made these remarks the day after 20-year-old Richard Shoop stole a rifle and fired six shots into the ceiling at Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in New Jersey.
According to The Washington Times, Reid said, “‘Shooting of the week’ is what we have now. The problem is, in the last week we’ve had more than one.” Reid was referencing the November 1st murder of a TSA agent at LAX as the first of the two shootings.
Had Reid pushed for stricter gun laws before Senators like Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) politicized the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary, he might have succeeded in garnering votes. However, the Democrat overreach shook law-abiding gun owners from their slumber and drove them to groups like the NRA and Gun Owners of America. Now, even Manchin is back-peddling.
Reid said that while he does not currently have the votes to push more gun control, he “will keep working the issue.”
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