Chuck Schumer tells Dems in midterms two-step not to expect vote on guns; blue-checks are peeved

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) railed on the Senate floor Wednesday, demanding Republicans escape the embrace of the NRA while telling his fellow Democrats he would not put forth gun control measures after the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings because they wouldn’t get enough votes to pass.

Instead, he opted to wait for Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other members of his caucus to negotiate a bipartisan compromise on a gun control measure that could muster 60 votes to avoid a filibuster. His base immediately turned on him for refusing to bring gun control bills to the floor. The blue-check crowd was incensed by it.

“There are some who want this body to quickly vote on sensible gun safety legislation, legislation supported by the vast majority of Americans,” Schumer proclaimed.”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 went on to blame Republicans stating that they would oppose gun control reforms, ranting about how they opposed proposals to expand background checks, ban assault-style weapons, and prohibit high-capacity magazines following the Sandy Hook massacre.

If the slaughter of schoolchildren can’t convince Republicans to buck the NRA, what can we do?” he asserted. “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.”

“Republicans don’t pretend that they support sensible gun safety legislation. They don’t pretend to be moved by the fact that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of party, support something as common sense as background checks, that the vast majority of gun owners support the background checks bill,” Schumer continued.

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In effect, the Democratic leader opted to use the issue as a GOTV measure.

“Americans can cast their vote in November for senators or members of Congress that reflect how he or she stands with guns,” he stated. “In the meantime, my Republican colleagues can work with us now. I know this is a slim prospect, very slim, all too slim. We’ve been burnt so many times before. But this is so important.”

“I have such a firm belief, taught to me by my late father … that if you do the right thing and persist, justice will eventually prevail. But you got to keep persisting, and we will,” Schumer vowed.

“Democrats have been trying to work hard with Republicans, Sen. Murphy, Sen. Manchin, on legislation that will eventually pass and become law,” he predicted. “The other side has refused. There are so many options available to us. So many ideas. We just need some brave Republicans to stand before history and yell stop.”

He grandstanded by stating that Americans are sick of mass shootings in an effort to push his gun control agenda and at one point went out of his way trying to shame Republicans by asking them what if it were their child who died in a mass shooting.

Predictably, anger poured in from the left over Schumer’s refusal to go after gun control by equivocating on the issue while muttering over the midterms:

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