As expected, the Sunday news shows were dominated by talk of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. But some faces were conspicuous in their absence. The gun control advocates were there, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), but the pro-gun Senators were nowhere to be seen. Except, of course, on Fox, where Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) let his stupid flag fly. But he’s a House member: where are the Senators?
One look at the scheduled guests for Sunday shows makes plain the dearth of the usual suspects on the Right. “Meet The Press,” where Senators Feinstein and Schumer appeared, was openly complaining of the situation. MTP producer Betsy Fischer Martin tweeted Sunday morning:
“BTW, we reached out to ALL 31 pro-gun rights Sens in the new Congress to invite them to share their views on @meetthepress – NO takers.”
During her stint on “Meet The Press,” Sen. Feinstein promised to introduce an assault weapons ban when Congress returns after the holidays. She challenged President Obama to support the bill. Feinstein had sponsored the previous assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and has been trying to get that ban renewed with no luck. She vows that her new bill will cover assault weapons, certain kinds of bullets, and extended magazines.
The silence from the NRA, coupled with the apparent lack of backbone from the pro-gun Senators, is quite telling. Maybe they know that the American people have reached the end of their rope on this issue. Maybe the loud-mouths in Congress are stopping to take a good look at their stance and how it jibes with public opinion. Then again, maybe they are just gathering themselves for next Sunday.