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Is on the gun control debate senate majority leader Harry Reid announcing the assault weapons -- authored by California's senator Dianne Feinstein.
Will not be included in the democratic gun control legislation.
That's currently working its way through the chamber.
Instead Reid says feinstein's proposal we'll have quotes an opportunity.
For a vote possibly as a separate amendments.
-- this effort was sparked by the new town school shootings in December and since then.
We've seen -- surgeon applications for gun permits across this country.
According to the FBI we saw a record ninety and a half million background checks for firearms last year nearly three million of them coming in December alone.
That's the most for any month on record and more than seven million from December through February that's -- 54%.
Increase from the previous year.
This national trend is -- code.
In the microcosm other Newtown Connecticut -- law enforcement say they -- -- the pace of applications for gun permits double.
So what does this song me for the gun control debate an effort going forward joining me now Fox News political analyst.
Juan Williams and -- we -- talk a lot about the strategy here so let's let's start with that and then move on to the legislation itself.
Why why did Harry Reid make this decision.
Didn't have the votes generally -- -- it's very clear.
That he does not feel as if this can get through and it further could endanger.
Efforts that he's making on the gun control front and central among them would be.
Making sure that you punish people who are straw purchasers of relief of weapons.
In order to hand them over to others who don't have the right to buy guns couldn't get through a background check -- -- he wants to look at school safety measures.
He wants to close background.
Make -- background checks are complete -- that they cover everybody that there's no guns gun show loophole any longer.
These are steps that he thinks he can get a consensus on that he can hold together.
All the entire Democratic Caucus in the senate and maybe even attract some Republican votes how important do you think this is strategically for -- 2014 elections.
Well it's critical here you stop and look think about this -- and of course let's focus here on the senate not that house.
And what you have is you have I think it's ten democratic senators -- -- running in states that were won by Mitt Romney.
So you had them very.
Cautious about upsetting gun owners and upsetting.
Forces with -- dollars -- spent on campaigns like the NRA.
-- hobbyists who of course vote and turnout in big numbers behind this issue this is an issue that will bring out voters to the polls.
This is why you had not seen any motion on gun control really before new town the president.
Despite the concern of people who are gun enthusiasts had not taken any action in this said Feinstein senator -- thing had not taken any action.
Even though the assault weapons ban had expired ten years just -- at ten years earlier.
So that's why you see that the change.
So let's talk a little bit about that because Dianne Feinstein says she's disappointed in this.
I she said you think congress would listen but they clearly listens to you and our rain there's a lot of fingers playing at -- today as the reason behind.
The fact that this part of the legislation was dropped however we -- its author.
On our program -- and can you bring up on that like to see when I'm talking to him as well thank you expect our captain gave the graphic spends like -- talking to you once takes that -- but it did you season Dan bond this writer.
-- this big story about traveling across the country and taking a look at gun owners and he points out that.
There's of 100 million gun owners in this country and NRA.
Four million members and when you look at the staff that we presented into the statement seems a lot of people were motivated to go out.
And and and apply for guns because of this legislation because of the question about this legislation so isn't really be -- -- -- that has the power in this debate.
Or is it the people themselves and -- members or not.
Well I would say it's the NRA and here's why would say that.
I mean if you talk to people who are gun owners and what month by that I generally I -- pull them and ask them for example.
About things like closing gun show loopholes extensive background checks ending straw purchases.
There their support is very high you get support up in the seventy percentile area.
But if you talk to the NRA that's not the case they don't want that -- the -- that is the camel's nose under the tent taking away Second Amendment Rights.
And they put money behind it they put power and arguments behind it.
Advertisements on TV that's what it means something if you are politicians seeking reelection.
That's why this issue has been stall.
And again if you look at that polls of the American people in general after new town.
You saw people saying we think something should be done it's not that there was overwhelming support for example for an assault weapons ban.
But they think that the fact that we have had this spate of massacres around the country.
Indicates there needs to be something done whether it's about mental health the background checks something some steps need to be taken.
To -- to limit easy access to -- It's one degrees at your perspective on Nestle -- talking again CN I'm sure about the -- legislation that's out there immigration of course that the budget there's a lot going on -- that's right oh my gosh -- and there.
I think really -- that want thank you.
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