The Hill reports that Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has now decided not to hold a vote on gun control type legislation.
On Tuesday, the New York Times published a report indicating that Schumer, in response to the recent Texas school shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead, was going to “force votes” on gun control legislation.
“Within hours of the shooting in Uvalde, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, moved to clear the way to force votes in coming days on legislation that would strengthen background checks for gun purchasers, pushing to revive measures with broad appeal that Republicans have blocked in the past,” the Times reported.
Now, however, it appears that Schumer has changed his mind.
Schumer has explained why it is that he has decided to call off the vote on gun control legislation. The lack of Republican support appears to have had something to do with his decision.
“There are some who want this body to quickly vote on sensible gun safety legislation, legislation supported by the vast majority of Americans,” Schumer said. “They want to see this body vote quickly so the American people can know which side each senator is on.”
“I’m sympathetic to that, and I believe that accountability votes are important,” he continued.
Schumer, however, added, “sadly, this isn’t a case of the American people now knowing where their senators stand. They know. They know because my Republican colleagues are perfectly clear on this issue. Crystal clear.”
Reading between the lines
Schumer’s reasoning here makes no sense. He claims that “the vast majority of Americans” support gun control legislation and that he is in favor of “accountability votes.” Yet, he chooses not to hold an “accountability vote” because Americans already know where accountability lies. That simply makes no sense.
If Schumer really believed that “the vast majority of Americans” support gun control legislation, he would hold the gun control vote in order to expose those congress members who go against the “vast majority of Americans'” desires. This would give the Democrats something else to campaign on this year.
The unfortunate thing is that, with the Democrats, everything – even the shooting of school children and their teachers – boils down to whether or not it will win the elections. This is even more so in an election year such as this one.
Whatever Schumer claims, he called the vote off because he thinks it would hurt the Democrats in the election this year. It’s that simple.