Blumenthal: Gun Control Fight a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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A federal ban on assault weapons is not in the cards. The provision has been pulled from a gun control bill that Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate plan to bring to a vote next month. Majority Leader Harry Reid said he doesn’t have the votes to pass the provision, which would instead be included as an amendment.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, who had pushed for the provision, told WNYC there is momentum for gun control, but ordinary Americans need to speak up with their representatives in Congress. 

“The vast majority of Americans are on our side, but there is a minority that can exert perhaps power or sway beyond its numbers,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “And part of it is that the majority is a silent majority, and the challenge ahead is to mobilize and organize those people who are in favor of common sense measures.”

Sen. Blumenthal said he will continue to push for provisions that include a ban on illegal trafficking, a criminal background check for all firearm purchases and school safety measures. 

Click on the audio link above to listen to Sen. Blumenthal’s interview with WNYC’s Amy Eddings.