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Right now on Capitol Hill we are hours away from a vote on what could result in the biggest changes to gun laws in two decades in this country.
But a bipartisan drive to expand background checks appears to be in deep trouble sixty votes are needed for the amendment to pass the senate.
It calls for broadening background checks on gun purchases at gun shows as well as on line.
But a growing number of Republicans are expressing their opposition to the idea let's talk about a -- Charlie hurt a columnist with The Washington Times sixty votes they need Charlie do they have them.
Well we -- from Joseph -- senator from West Virginia earlier today.
-- about whether they would actor actually have the votes.
To to get that -- to get to get to sixty.
You know the important thing to remember here is that you know the senate is controlled by Democrats now Harry Reid is is sort of running the show.
And I know that he's been working his caucus very hard to try to get -- President Obama has been working Democrats very hard.
And but it sounds like they're still three or four votes shy of that sixty.
Well and it's my understanding that Harry Reid -- been pretty coy about his his intentions on this bill.
Came out this morning and and made some statements about how he intends to.
Yet this whole this whole bill is a very.
-- -- problem for for Harry Reid.
In past elections.
He's run campaigns.
That -- very much.
Focused on his very pro gun stance out Nevada it's a very important issue out there.
And so that now that this is coming up and as you pointed out in the in in your intro this is that you -- government the biggest changes to gun out of control legislation.
Or at least fifteen years now.
So so you know whether -- how.
Harry Reid comes down on this and and how much she really wants to see this this bill it's see the light of day.
Is still sort of up in the air a little bit.
And there are as I understand there are only four Republican senators who have submit who have signified that they will vote in favor of his -- mentioned to -- amendment.
-- and there's even talk of.
Amending the amendment so that so that it might collect -- a few more Republicans.
But the problem with doing that is if you were to do that you wind up very likely losing.
Losing votes on the other end people saying that it's getting -- down too much or that it's too.
That it that it that the bill is turning to pro gun.
And and and then you still have the same problem that that Harry Reid Joseph mentioned -- -- have now which is not not enough vote.
To get sixty.
And this comes against a backdrop of declining support among Americans for additional gun control efforts you know in January not long after the attack -- sandy hook elementary school.
58% of Americans were saying that they favored stricter gun curbs according to one poll.
Now that number down to 49%.
-- a real problem especially with this particular bill.
Is the fact that -- people talk about that acknowledging that this bill wouldn't do any thing to have prevented the sandy hook massacre.
And that's a real problem so we're we're coming up with a solution to a 22 terrible terrible.
Event that wouldn't have prevented the event and so I think that as sort of cooler heads prevail and people start thinking about this stuff.
And they start these are reading about that the the legislation itself.
Obviously that support begins to wane if you know it you know if a puppet of opponents are able to point out that.
This would have done anything to have prevented Adam lands -- from getting his mother's guns and walking into that school shooting twenty children an interesting point there Charlie hurt again from Washington times good -- thanks Charlie.
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