The Brady Campaign are announcing that they are getting hearings for the Gun Show bill in the 111th Congress. This isn’t panic time yet, but this does mean the bill is picking up at least a bit of momentum. Hearings aren’t good.
The hearings have been promised by Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott. Scott is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. What’s surprising is that it took this long to even get a hearing when you consider the makeup of the committee. The Chairman is D rated, and the highest graded Democrat is a C, with the rest being largely Fs. We’re good on the Republican side, with all our members being friendly.
I don’t like that this bill is getting a hearing. We don’t have the votes to stop it in subcommittee. Looking at the larger Judiciary Committee, Conyers is the Chair, and he’s F rated. You need four votes on that committee to defeat a bill, and we can’t flip four Dems on that committee if it comes to a vote. Granted, a vote is a long way from a hearing, and we could probably stop this on the House floor. And even if we can’t, we can get Reid to kill it in the Senate.
But after November we might not have Reid, and who knows if the Republicans can flip the House. Better hope.