Harry Reid: No Time For Gun Control Debate

Melissa Stusinski - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:36 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid believes that the Senate schedule is too packed to spend time on a debate about gun control, despite President Barack Obama’s recent push toward stricter gun rules following the Aurora, Colorado shootings.

The Washington Post reports that reporters questioned the Nevada Democrat about the issue of gun control, which is huge in the media right now after the tragic movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and 58 wounded last week.

While President Obama suggested that he would favor additional restrictions on guns, while his challenger, Republican presidential presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has said that changing gun laws will not prevent future tragedies like the Aurora shootings.

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Reid made sure to say that he supported Obama’s remarks, but said that the Senate will not debate about guns this year. When asked if it could be on the schedule for next year, Harry Reid stated, “Nice try.”

According to Fox News, Obama was vague when mentioning gun control on Wednesday evening while speaking to the National Urban League. Obama noted that he still believes Americans should have the right to own guns, but stated that assault rifles are better suited for the battlefield. President Obama stated:

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“I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.”

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Fox News notes that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney clarified the president is not necessarily talking about new laws. Carney explained:

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“He believes that we can enhance the enforcement of existing laws by making it more difficult for those who should not have weapons under existing laws … to obtain weapons.”

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Do you think that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should find time in the Senate’s busy schedule to debate about gun control?


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