A double shot from the Washington Post this morning, which says that House leaders open to gun law debate
….The comments echoed the sentiments of lawmakers and the president’s own aides, who said this week that Obama is unlikely to push for new gun legislation because of strong opposition in Congress.
But House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters Thursday that he would welcome new proposals from the president and agreed that it would be appropriate to review current gun laws.
“If the president has proposals on other ways that we can address criminals owning guns, I’ll be happy to look at them,” Boehner said.
He goes on to say
“I think that what’s appropriate at this point is to look at laws that we already have on the books and to make sure that they’re working as they were intended to work and are they being enforced the way they were intended to be enforced,” Boehner said. “And that’d be the most logical step forward at this point.”
“I don’t know. I’m not the expert on this,” Boehner said. “But if the president’s got ideas, I’d be happy to look at them.”
It’s pretty clear that in Washington Speak Speaker Boehner is daring (NMP) Obama to make policy recommendations, rather than just nebulous talking points exhorting others to do the actual work. Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn’t push for any hearings or legislation. Harry Reid, in charge of the Democrat led Senate, stated that the Senate was just too darned busy (not passing budgets) to consider taking up gun control. So, there you go, Obama: make some policy recommendations. Show that leadership! I triple dog dare you.
House leaders, and Republicans, would be open to a gun law debate, because it would put Democrats in a bad position of lying about their support for the 2nd Amendment or telling the truth, namely that they want the populace unarmed.