In the Daily Beast Michael Tomasky is banging the drum of "Next time
And he's got a point in that Senators are notorious and if another private sale ban is waved under their noses enough may vote for it again.
There's also a lot of hurt ego, anger, and dissatisfaction at work.
Here Allahpundit looks at the mish mash of poling results.
People think gun laws should be more strict, they’re disappointed/angry about the Senate votes … and yet, when push comes to shove, they trust the Republicans who voted down those stricter laws more than they do The One himself. Hmmm. Here’s a theory: Although most of the public disagrees with the GOP position on Toomey/Manchin specifically, they’re so suspicious of the Democrats’ plans for more aggressive gun control (starting with an assault-weapons ban) that they prefer Republicans’ judgment on this issue generally — even at a moment when they’re on the other side of a particular gun-control proposal.
Which is why it's important and vital for us to keep on our Senators. Both with the carrot and the stick depending on how they voted.
There's a lot of factors at work for the antis talk of another gun control push:
- As is his wont, Obama feels personally slighted. He demanded gun control and him not getting anything (even out of the Senate) is well... just lookup Lèse-majesté
- Punishment. The gun grabbers are working from a morality-play framework. And gun owners, in general, and the NRA, in specific, need to be punished. That the law would be ineffective is irrelevant That they go unpunished is another affront.
- Stepping stones. Without a new Private Sale Ban / Background Registry there's no new set of exceptions to become the next set of loopholes.
- And that ties to the Slippery Slope. Because a private sale ban wouldn't stop the next mass shooting, there will be another mass shooting. Thus the gun control law after the next one is already in the wings.
- Closure. Many people just want the government to "Do Something!" They want the problem to go away, and if accepting the promises of liars in nice suits is what it takes to pretend that the problem has been solved than so be it.
- It's what they do. The statist desire to render the common man disarmed is evergreen.
So make sure your rep and Senators still know who you are.
We're not out of the woods yet, and to be honest, we're still be in the badlands for a while.