Once again the Republicans have proven they can rule from a minority position by blocking what was a relatively innocuous "gun bill" that only called for better background checks and registration of firearms so that persons couldn't freely sell and trade guns at gun shows or on the Internet, where an increasing number of firearms are sold to avoid detection.
Now it seems the Republicans are circling their wagons against the proposed "bipartisan" immigration bill, as Grassley has already hinted he doesn't see enough "security measures" in the bill, alluding to the violence in Boston. I guess it doesn't click that these two kids apparently had quite an arsenal to keep the Boston cops at bay for over an hour, resulting in the death of one police officer, with the youngest one able to elude the enormous search party for another day.
If you remember, it was Tom Coburn who threw a wet blanket on the gun bill when he questioned the ability to enforce such legislation shortly after Mackie had taken freshman senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz to task for threatening to filibuster the gun bill. Meanwhile, their wily Republican minority leader, Mitch McConnell, quietly assembled the 40+ votes needed to block the bill, including 4 Blue Dog Democrats. As Lyndon Johnson said, count the votes first before making bold assertions. Seems Chuck Schumer should be more cautious before falling into another trap set by Mitch, the grand master of the filibuster.
It seems most Americans were appalled by how easily the Republicans were able to block a "gun bill" that the vast majority of the country was in favor of. Gabby Giffords summed it up simply, "I'm Furious!"