Another Democratic Senator Comes Out Against Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Bill
You can add another Democrat to the list of people who won’t be supporting a bill introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) banning ‘assault weapons.’ Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) appeared on a Little Rock television station and said while he understands what she is trying to do, it just has “too many problems.” From KATV:
It’s a proposal Senator Mark Pryor is opposed to. Senator Pryor appeared on Channel 7 News Daybreak Thursday morning. Pryor told KATV he understands the motive, but cannot get on board with the bill.
“I understand what she’s trying to do,” Pryor said. “But it has way too many problems and I don’t support it.”
Pryor said it’s good the nation is having this conversation on gun safety, but that it’s important to look at some of the problems Feinstein’s bill would present.
“I know it’s emotional because children were involved,” Pryor said. “As a parent I understand that. I know everyone in Arkansas does. But let’s look at the facts. We need to think of ways that we can help on this to try and lessen gun violence. I just think Senator Feinstein’s bill falls short.”
National Rifle Association’s executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified at the gun safety hearing in Washington DC yesterday. LaPierre argued that the government should focus on enforcing existing gun laws rather than drafting new ones.
It’s a statement Senator Pryor agrees with. “Let’s look at the laws we have on the books,” Pryor said. “Are we enforcing them? Are we keeping them out of the hands of criminals? Let’s look at that and see where we are as a nation.”
So we can add Pryor’s name to Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, all of whom are Democrats that have announced they would not support the bill. While a ‘Yes’ vote on this bill would not play well in any of these senator’s home states, it would be particularly troubling for Pryor and Begich who are up for re-election in 2014.
I guess now the only question is does Harry Reid even bother scheduling a vote on something he knows will fail miserably, and with the help of his fellow Democrats to boot? You wouldn’t think so, but I am thinking he might do it anyway… if he can figure out a way to blame the GOP for the bill not passing that is.