Don’t let this stop you from contacting your Critters, but this is welcome news:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tossed cold water on the prospect of reinstating the assault weapons ban, highlighting Democrats’ reluctance to take on gun issues.
Attorney General Eric Holder raised the prospect Wednesday that the administration would push to bring back the ban. But Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he never talked to her. The Speaker gave a flat “no” when asked if she had talked to administration officials about the ban.
“On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “I think it’s clear the Bush administration didn’t do that.”
That’s not a clear “we’re not going to do it,” but it’s about as close as you’ll get from Pelosi. Keep pressure on Congress. I will be doing a more detailed analysis later to see which critters should be targeted for calls, letters, etc. That’s not to say all them shouldn’t be, but some are more important than others. If the “blue dog” dems get hounded (no pun intended) with calls just from Holder opening his yap, it gives them a reason to remind the White House and leadership not to put them in a difficult spot. It makes it less likely we’ll have to fight a bill.
Hat Tip to Blog o Stuff