We tried Republican gun policies for 20 years now and all we have to show for it are lots of dead bodies.— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@RachelBitecofer) May 24, 2022
We need common sense gun laws & we won't get them until we roll over the Republicans at every level of office.— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@RachelBitecofer) May 24, 2022
Democrats technically "control" Congress. Of course, they aren't really in control because the will of possibly two Democrats and 50 of 0 Republican senators has obstructed the effort of a Democratic House of Representatives to enact meaningful change.
There are many Americans who are not solidly left or right, most (not all) who pay limited attention to politics and thus do not realize that Congress is effectively controlled by Mitch McConnell with periodic assistance from conservative Democrats. They understandably confuse de facto control with de jure control.
Mitch and his gang are aided and abetted by the extent to which MSNBC- and more consistently, CNN- talk of "Congress" instead of Republicans. (MSNBC at least features as a guest one truthteller, video below). This tweeter understands:
Attention @MSNBC @CNN and your hosts and guests: it’s not “lawmakers” and “Congress” who are failing to do anything about gun violence, it’s Republicans. Put the blame where it belongs. Ask @SpeakerPelosi and @ChrisMurphyCT— Phyllis Kupferstein (@pkdof) May 24, 2022
Only in rare moments of boldness will Democrats actually hold Republicans responsible name or by party. Even more rarely will they name names. They must call out specific Republicans who not only obstruct passage of firearm safety legislation but receive large sums of money from the gun lobby. While senators come and go, as of mid-2019, the #1 recipient was Utah senator Mitt Romney.
That would be the same Mitt Romney who expressed "grief" which "overwhelms the soul" because of the murders in Texas. It's the same Mitt Romney who joined George Floyd protestors two years ago while ostentatiously posting a photo to "make sure that people understand that black lives matter." He has gone on to oppose federal gun safety legislation, and a measure to make infant formula more available. Black lives matter, though only when convenient..
Now it is Ted Cruz who collects the most blood money. However, Democrats will avoid upsetting their GOP colleagues or cause them discomfort by naming names. Voters will be denied an opportunity to recognize Republicans whose passion for the proliferation of deadly weaponry may be prompted by the financial generosity of the industry of death featuring the NRA and firearms manufacturers.. It is late, but not too late for Democratic collegiality to give way to the importance of highlighting GOP indifference to slaughter.