Mitch McConnell To Join 13 Republicans In Gun Filibuster

Mitch McConnell

President Obama has been out on the campaign trail trying to gin up support for more gun control. Today he was in Connecticut vilifying anyone who opposes it. Well, he can add Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to his list of bad guys. McConnell will be joining the 13 Republican Senators who have vowed to filibuster any bill that infringes on the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

Reid has promised to move a gun bill to the Senate floor this week, but it’s unclear which one. It depends on whether Democrats can strike a deal on background checks on gun sales — otherwise, they may settle for a less strict bill that includes some form of background checks, increase penalties for gun trafficking and increase school security. In order to get around the filibuster, Reid has indicated that he would file a cloture motion, which would require a 60-vote margin to move the bill.

Reid has promised to move a gun bill to the Senate floor this week, but it’s unclear which one. It depends on whether Democrats can strike a deal on background checks on gun sales — otherwise, they may settle for a less strict bill that includes some form of background checks, increase penalties for gun trafficking and increase school security. In order to get around the filibuster, Reid has indicated that he would file a cloture motion, which would require a 60-vote margin to move the bill. (Read More)

It isn’t just Republicans Reid and Obama have to worry about, there are also those red state Democrats who are worried about the next election.