November 9, 2018 – By Jack Black
While Americans have become used to political rants from Democrats promising to put gun control on top of their legislative agenda after every mass shooting, this time they say they really mean it.
When the new House convenes in January, assuming Rep. Nancy Pelosi once reclaims her former House leadership seat, she and others of her party say they’re determined to not let this opportunity slip through their fingers. Gun control will likely top the list of measures intended to address the epidemic of shootings at schools, in houses of worship, at concerts and other public places where Americans used to gather without fear of being shot to death.
“The American people deserve real action to end the daily epidemic of gun violence that is stealing the lives of our children on campuses, in places of worship and on our streets,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.
Topping the list of new gun laws will be a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” universal background checks, banning high capacity ammunition magazines and the removal of guns from people who may be at risk of mental problems that pushes them into either suicidal or murderous tendencies. Additionally, Democrats are planning to embrace age limits for gun purchases similar to that which some states have already adopted.
“Our base has been encouraged by Tuesday’s election,” said Kris Brown of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. “We found a lot of candidates who were not afraid to speak up about gun violence.”
Just how far those House efforts will go remains the so-called Third Rail of politics, a metaphor for any issue so controversial that it is “charged” and “untouchable” to the extent that any politician or public official who dares to broach the subject will invariably suffer politically. It is most commonly used in American politics. Not only can use of the term endanger reelection chances but whatever moves House Democrats choose to make will have to pass muster with the new Republican majority Senate.
While neither party has any difficulty raising money for election campaigns, many on the Left pointed to the $30 million invested by the NRA in the 2016 Trump for President campaign. In kind, anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg put up his own $30 million contribution to campaigns for gun control politicians in this year’s midterms, many of whom found victory and will presumably repay their benefactor when gun issues come up for a vote in 2019.