Paul Ryan Still Frozen on Pro-Gun Bills After Democrats’ Bump Stock Ban Fizzles
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) remains frozen on pro-gun legislation even though the Democrats’ post-Vegas gun control push has imploded.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) were loud and proud for gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Vegas attack. Together, with their Democrat colleagues and surrogates, they voiced support for nine different gun controls between October 2 and October 11. Those controls included an “assault weapons” ban, universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, a ban on semiautomatic guns, and a ban on “high capacity” magazines.
But things took a turn toward a more hushed tone as polls showed that Americans emerged from the Vegas attack still holding gun rights as more important than gun control. The polling was released between October 11 and October 22, with California’s KPCC finally declaring, “Las Vegas shooting didn’t change anyone’s mind about…guns.”
As the polls were coming in, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remembered that November 2018 is fast-approaching and Democrat Senators in red states are in trouble if they are tied too closely to gun control. So Schumer urged his colleagues to avoid gun control as the budget debates began.