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Will Congress Actually ‘Do Something’ on Gun Reform?

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In a 50-50 Senate where filibuster fanatic Joe Manchin controls much of the agenda — and where one of the two parties involved isn’t generally interested in legislating — it’s never smart to count on any bill actually becoming law, unless it’s an infusion of aid to Ukraine or perhaps the renaming of a post office.

Getting one’s hopes up about gun legislation is especially unwise. Almost a decade ago, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, it briefly seemed likely that Congress would do something in the face of such unprecedented horror. But a modest background-check bill sponsored by Manchin and Republican Pat Toomey died via filibuster when 42 Republicans (and four Democrats no longer in the Senate) voted against it. And then, the GOP paid the steep electoral price of… easily winning back control of the Senate in 2014. The episode proved beyond doubt that the core modern Republican position on guns — almost no compromising, even on provisions that a vast majority of Americans claim to support — made plenty of political sense. And it’s generally the same playbook the GOP has followed in Congress followed after the many other high-profile mass shootings of the last decade, from Las Vegas to Parkland to El Paso: wait out the brief spike in anti-gun fervor, gently pivot back to the status quo. Congress hasn’t........

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