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Sen. Harry Reid: Senate schedule too busy this year to debate gun control

WASHINGTON — The White House made clear Thursday that new legislation on gun control will not be on the political agenda this election year, as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in their most extensive discussions on the issue since last week’s Colorado theater shootings.

Their comments revived — if briefly — a sensitive debate that has faded to the background in national politics and been virtually nonexistent in this year’s close presidential race.

While Obama called for tougher background checks on Americans trying to buy a gun, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president is not pushing for new gun control legislation, though he still supports a ban on assault weapons. Carney said Obama intends to focus on other ways to combat violence.

Romney has said changing the nation’s laws would not prevent gun-related tragedies.

Sealing the matter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the Senate’s schedule is too packed to even have a debate on gun control. Asked if the Senate might debate the issue next year, Reid said: “Nice try.”


Senator Reid is the reason Democrats still control the Senate. He's a savvy politician and knows better than to embarrass rural Democrats in an election year, or any other year for that matter.

Stricter gun control in this country is going nowhere fast so long as he remains Senate Majority Leader.

And the only way we're going to re-take the House of Representatives is with the help of rural Democrats. And not many of them have an appetite for stricter gun control either.

DHS-funded video gives tips on how to survive a mass-shooter


Entitled "Run, Hide, Fight," the video depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building.

"It may feel like just another day at the office, but occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality," says a narrator.

The City of Houston's website offers these tips:

- Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying.
- Encourage others to leave with you but don't let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape.
- Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
- If you can't get out safely, find a place to hide.
- When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight.

Electoral College Tie this November? It's Very Possible...

I know this topic was raised during the 2008 elections, but it is even more prescient this time around.

Some VERY interesting hypotheticals on CNN Politics right now:


What would be the fall-out if there was an Electoral College tie? 269-269, neither Obama or Romney getting the magic 270 number to win?

Election results in key states would immediately be subject to legal challenges. Electors, normally an anonymous batch of party insiders elected to ratify each state's winner with their electoral votes, would be lobbied to change their votes by friends, neighbors and political leaders.

Ultimately, the House of Representatives could elect the next president, even if that candidate lost the popular vote.

"What it would reveal is that we have, in some sense, a profoundly undemocratic mechanism for dealing with a tie," said Alex Keyssar, a professor of history and social policy at Harvard University, and a critic of the Electoral College. "I think there would be an enormous outcry over that."

If you thought the 2000 elections were crazy with all the legal wrangling, this could very well tear at the very fabric of the system!

If the (currently) Republican-dominated House of Representatives chose Romney even though Obama won the popular vote... the OWS protests would look like child's play.

Think people threw a stink over the SCOTUS deciding 5-4 Bush over Gore?

White House plays down prospect of new gun laws

The White House signaled Thursday that President Barack Obama would not be seeking new gun control laws in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. But press secretary Jay Carney said Obama would try to find ways to work around the "stalemate" in Congress to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

During a brief photo-op with his Cabinet, Obama himself sidestepped a reporter's question about how he would proceed without seeking new legislation.

"I'm sure we'll have more opportunity to talk about this," the president said.


Good on you, Mr. President. The last thing we need is to give the Repukes ammunition by pursuing "feel-good" legislation that does little to address the problem of violence in our country and only pisses gun-owners off.

Let's get a Democratic Congress in there first and discuss the issue rationally before we "jump the gun" and do anything rash, based on emotion not on logic.
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