How Gun Control Lost

April 18th, 2013

Following the defeat of the post-Newtown gun-control push, the invective is flying fast and loose. "Guilt," "shame," and "cowardice" are the words of the day. How this sort of rhetoric is supposed to win sympathy on the Hill is beyond me.

S. 649 is still up for consideration, but without the Toomey/Manchin amendment, it's going to be even less appealing to lawmakers. Harry Reid changed his vote at the last minuteĀ so he can bring the bill back to the floor for reconsideration, but at this point, the momentum is gone. They blew it.

Why? There are several reasons. The first …