After the Connecticut elementary school massacre a few Democratic members of Congress are pushing for tighter gun regulations. They may find resistance not only among Republicans, but also with otherwise left-leaning politicians.
On "Meet The Press" Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) vowed to reintroduce a federal ban on assault weapons and urged President Barack Obama to lead on the issue. Assault weapons were banned under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban from 1994 to 2004, but Congress allowed the ban to lapse.
Feinstein's stance is still a fairly lonely one on Capitol Hill. Consider Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist. The independent senator might be expected to join the anti-gun chorus. But representing Vermont Sanders has lots of hunters among his constituents. Sanders, in fact, first won his House seat in 1990 by running to the right of his Republican opponent on guns (Sanders won promotion to the Senate in 2006).
But Feinstein's optimistic the political tide is turning, citing her 1994 experience. "We got it through the Senate. We got it through the House. The White House came alive, and the House of Representatives and the Clinton administration helped. The bill was passed and the president signed it. It can be done," she said.