Gun Control

Sen. Manchin Says the Senate May Not Pass Gun Legislation

Can't get the votes


NBC starts off its story on the gun control bill with a fib:

The bipartisan effort to expand background checks will not have the votes to advance in the Senate today, according to one of the architects of the deal.

It's not a very bipartisan bill. Most Republicans have opposed it from the beginning, as have some Democrats, albeit quietly. It lacks a majority. The majority of the American people don't believe it would have stopped any of the past mass attacks or prevent future ones. It has Sen. Toomey, a Republican, on board largely he was under assault from Michael Bloomberg's big money lobby. Had he not been attacked from the left, it's reasonable to believe that Toomey would never have signed onto it. If it was a bipartisan bill, it was only so under duress.