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President Obama insisting his push for gun control is about.
Preventing future tragedies it's not about a political victory he said speaking in Newtown -- -- yesterday.
The president urged congress not to block the vote.
-- -- -- -- -- And now is the time for congress.
To do the -- CJ -- in the weekly standard and a Fox News contributor joins us Steve -- -- Republicans if you know or threatening.
A filibuster but McCain and Graham both say.
That would be a mistake are they right should there at least be a vote in earnest on.
Well look I think what you'll hear from the defenders of the filibuster and the people who have announced that they intend to do it.
Is that this is and this is significant argument over principle they don't want background checks they don't think that they're good.
And rather than the political this being a political -- as President Obama suggested yesterday.
In effect what they're doing is using the rules of the senate to their advantage to avoid policy outcomes that they don't want.
I think it's Yani take them at their word for that not it would be silly to deny that there's not a political component of course there's there's politics all this.
Do you reconcile.
All bear -- belief that there should be no.
Additional background checks to the way the American public feels and and all I'll tell you what I mean by that was put it up on the screen -- Fox News.
Latest proposal to reduce gun violence 85%.
Are in favor.
Of requiring universal checks -- slimmer margin though on high capacity clips and assault weapons but look at that that's a stunning 85.
Are some of the folks the majority of folks in the senate on the wrong side of this.
Well look I mean this is what makes it sort of ironic that the president is accusing Republicans of only doing this.
For political reasons of course if they were only doing it for political reasons one would think that they would just bend over.
When did this this turnaround when when -- peoples like that but I think there are things if you look sort of beyond that the top line on some of these polls.
There are also indications that Americans are on call from with some of the background checks if you look for instance at the quinnipiac poll.
That came out last week that found like our Fox News -- some 8590%.
Of people favoring background checks.
They also said that they're worried that that these kind of background checks and additional measures could lead to confiscation of their people were very concerned about.
Gun registry so I think what these Republicans the senator trying to do was give -- voice to those constituents and there's.
Who believe that -- who believe that any of these measures they won't be effective in Bea would would potentially lead to two -- the restrictions down the road.
President Obama again yesterday reiterated his call for a ban on military assault weapons and also.
For the extended ammunition magazines.
Even here agree that says look -- -- we don't we have forty votes for that.
So I mean -- is dead in the water right.
Right I mean the president's going through the motions there I think he he understands that that's not gonna happen he felt like he had to make the argument yesterday's speech.
But it was noteworthy that in his speech he he included those items in.
Sort of the laundry list that he gave what he talked about the kinds of measures that he favors.
But he didn't spend much time on and he spent his time instead on this background check and talking about the need for background check and the good that he thinks would come -- it.
If the president goes down on all three and and gets none of what he wants other background checks ammunition clips.
Were assault weapons.
What does this say about his effectiveness.
As a reader especially -- capital.
Why I think it wouldn't be a good thing for him obviously politically if if you look at the way that he approached this issue in the immediate aftermath of those tragic shootings.
What he said was he wanted to -- frame the debate he wanted to be this to be a debate that was different than the other debates that we had.
After previous mass shootings.
-- so we talked about you know on number of things not just gun can actually talked about -- -- health.
-- tightening up standards there he talked about challenging Hollywood.
On violence and I think unfortunate for the president what he did was he sort of fell back into the stale old arguments.
On gun control if you look at his speech again yesterday.
He mentioned mental health but he mentioned in passing it was just on this list he he didn't spend any time.
Talking about it and if you look at the emphasis that we've seen from the white house on these questions.
It has been up all gun control almost all the time yesterday president missed that opportunity to get to re frame the debate win he applauded Connecticut's very.
Aggressive new gun control measures.
Maybe he was actually making the point for those who argue the feds have no business in this leave it up to the states to decide right.
Why -- he certainly made a strong push for for tighter federal restrictions there's no question about that.
It's been interesting to watch what's happened in the states because on the one hand you have states like Colorado like Connecticut and others.
That have tightened gun control laws but you've had a number of other states red states even in the aftermath.
Of Newtown who have actually relaxed their gun restrictions so you've -- states going both ways and it's been very interesting to -- On the state level as this national debate continues Steve Hayes of the weekly standard as always great -- Steve thanks very.
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