Reporter’s Notebook: Why Congress is caught in ‘The Matrix’ on gun control

nearvideo, lawmakers push for gun control following mass shootings

In the Wake of two mass killing shootings in Texas and Ohio, at least 31 people, lawmakers, including President Donald Trump’s new gun control measures to urge, in the hope of curbing future gun violence.

Perhaps it is only fitting that they Roll out another “Matrix” movie.

There is a famous scene in the original “Matrix” in which Keanu Reeves’ character, Neo, spots a black cat padding along a corridor. Seconds later, Neo sees the same black cat. Déjà-vu is a bad thing, in the Matrix – to say nothing of the but the spotting believe a black cat in your path.

The shooting in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, were weeks. We have again come to the point of déjà vu. It is also déjà vu is reinforced experience, at the top of the déjà-vu, whether it’s Columbine or Virginia Tech or Sandy Hook or the Park landscape.

President Trump voiced strong support for increased reviews of the history of a couple of weeks ago. Then not so much. Well, maybe they are back on the table. No one really knows, because, well, we will be away to the races on something else soon enough.

It speaks of the dual-shooting in Texas and Ohio, the one or the two will to change things. But now, we are immersed in a diplomatic row with the Prime Minister of Denmark.

With all the waffling this week, maybe the President has a change of heart about gun control after all. If that is the case, is the Trump of the arrangement similar to the answer to John Lennon will be, as The Beatles arrived in the United States. When asked by a reporter how he “found America and quipped,” Lennon, “Turn left in Greenland.”

But it is unlikely. A Mass Shoot-Out. The Tears. The Agony. The proclamations and calls to actions. And then…

The black cat walked through the hallway, again. And like “the Matrix”, the history repeats itself, the revolution after the revolution.

Not much has happened.


In a letter to fellow Democrats in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., again, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, called., to reconvene the Senate to address the house approved bills to strengthen background checks. Pelosi announced the fact that the House Judiciary Committee would return to Washington a few days early on Sept. 4 to address gun measures. Pelosi said the Democrats would write a “red flag” statements, preparation of legislation, apart from the convicted offense hate crime by the acquisition of weapons and the author of a plan to ban high-capacity magazines.

Presumably, Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-NY, not would not go to work, the right, if you give the votes on the House floor in the next month. What Pelosi is missing from the agenda is a bill to ban “assault weapons.” Many Democrats have talked about, apart from such weapons. But, there is a reason why such a bill on the house docket: it would not pass the house.

Well, to be fair, would do things a little differently to El Paso and Dayton, if the house should now, under the Democrats’ control, shootings in advance of the legislation as a reaction to this mass. But, chances are, something has always remained a distance. It is the Senate, to overcome with their 60-vote threshold of a filibuster on the legislation, as well as an obvious lack of support from President Trump. The Republican-controlled Senate would likely jump-when the President delivered a full-throated endorsement.

McConnell was clear earlier this month when he said he would be willing to look at something that might happen in the house and the Senate — to earn, and the signature of the President. McConnell will likely take a dim view of anything that comes short of running the table.


“We are where we have always been,” a very knowledgeable Republican source told Fox News this week over weapons. “There is a shooting. Then there’s talk, but there is a push not a real legislature. It is not enough for a push to make a difference.”

The source is correct.

Yes, the phones on Capitol Hill to light. There are declarations by the legislature. Marches. Interviews with survivors of shooting. But, “to change things” hinges on the “constants” in the equation on Capitol Hill. The noise after each mass shooting still can not change the parliamentary calculus.


Pelosi seems to have thought, to move weapons to the right in the house in September, because you can. This part of the equation will work in the favor of the Democrats stiffer gun legislation push. Such a scenario would make it possible to respond to Democrats to pressure McConnell and the Senate. Enough pressure, and the Senate could act, or could the Problem be in resonance at the ballot box in the year 2020. But, with few exceptions, the Democrats have not convinced to pull the voters, the election lever for you, if it’s shooting weapons in the era of mass.

You consider the circumstances, in the 2018 midterm elections, according to the Parkland massacre, the February. To keep to fight conservative Democrats had seats in the Senate in the States, where the gun restrictions that were unpopular: West Virginia, North Dakota and Indiana. Only Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., victorious in the crowd. A state that Democrats thought they had tilt a outsider chance? Texas. Former Rep. Beto O’rourke, the Democrat, lost to Republican sen. Ted Cruz.

Other Republican seats up were? The former sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah in their retirement. Sr., Mitt Romney, took over Hatch, Utah. The former sen. Bob Corker in retirement in Tennessee. Sr., Marsha Blackburn held that the state red.

So, you see, the problem is in the Senate.

Very little has changed. The math is not constant, even in the postscript of El Paso and Dayton.

Democrats flip Texas to El Paso? Republican Senator John Cornyn on the ballot. Democrats have seats a Chance to win a pair of suburban congressional-House. But, when it comes to weapons, it is still Texas.

Arizona? Maybe. Former astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of the former Republic of Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, is running against Republican Sen. Martha McSally. Arizona is a promising state for the Democrats.

To win, Democrats control the Senate. A very good election night for the party, Sen. Doug Jones from Alabama would hold its seat, and a Democrat defeat GOP Sen. Steve Daines in Montana would. But Alabama and Montana offer versions of the “Texas problem” for the Democrats. Every Democrat who wins in these States do not align, probably with the party Orthodoxy on guns.

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So, the push for increased restrictions on firearms remain trapped in The “Matrix”. You can see how the black cat and experienced a sense of déjà-vu. It is doubtful, nothing is moving now. It would be just as unlikely, even if Democrats seats to pick up in the Senate, let alone gained control of the Senate next year.


Filming again and again. And the parliamentary pay very little change.

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