President continues push for new gun measures
Will Obama succeed with agenda?
- Duration 3:17
- Date Feb 4, 2013
Will Obama succeed with agenda?
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President Obama heading to many -- -- -- Minneapolis right now he will push there for new gun control measures.
The president wants a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks but his proposals face a lot of resistance on Capitol Hill.
With some lawmakers and the National Rifle Association opposing the plans to change the country's gun law.
Talk about it would David Drucker the associate politics editor at roll call it appears the White House David.
Has decided that if you can't get some action from congress on this issue they're gonna try to go over congress' heads go straight to the American people and continue some kind of -- PR campaign right.
Yep and that's what presidents John normally do especially after a second term victory that they they usually of both parties.
-- to come to the conclusion rightly or wrongly that talking to congress is a big waste of time -- to continue to campaign.
Especially without the pressure of worrying about poll numbers because I'm not actually running for reelection anymore.
I still think at the end of the day that it won't be about pressure from the public -- lets you see a real sea change on guns that'll really be.
More about two things one can the president get resistance senate Democrats to support his.
Agenda for more gun regulations to.
Can he get some support from house Republicans.
And I think on both counts.
It's iffy whether he'll be able to -- achieved some results.
-- -- Particularly with the more stringent proposals that he's after like -- assault weapons ban on more background checks that's where some consensus might develop.
-- typically when the president butts heads with congress he likes to blame congressional Republicans meaning on the house side for you know failure to push forward his legislative agenda.
Or -- -- he likes but in this case as you point out he's got just as many problems with Democrats.
That's true and look -- there's nothing wrong with a democratic president blaming Republicans for things that's what politics works.
And often it will be house Republicans that are putting the brakes on his agenda over the the next two years because they have the majority there and they have the ability to do that -- I'm sure they'll use that ability.
But in this case.
The Second Amendment and gun rights -- become such an ingrained part of the American culture at least until now that.
Yeah after the 2000 presidential election Democrats pretty much gave up on the idea politically of more gun control it was a losing proposition for them.
So big you know if you can't beat them join them they joined with Republicans and and support for the Second Amendment and for gun rights has been strong on both sides of the -- Included with senate majority leader Harry Reid the top Democrat in the senate.
So you know again the key is gonna be given some of the events over the last year in this push from the White House.
Will the president be able to convince senators like read like Mark Pryor from Arkansas.
Like -- land drew from Louisiana etc.
to go along with the kinds of gun regulations they have.
Not supported in the past and then once that happens can't he create pressure.
Among house Republicans again I think.
Where he might be able to get something done is with an expanded type of background check.
Banning assault weapons -- -- see is -- a non starter completely all right David Drucker from roll call David could have -- thank you thanks a lot.