Politico announces that the administration will start pushing gun control again next week:
Vice President Joe Biden will try to restart the dormant gun control push next week with an event to tout the administration’s progress in combatting gun violence.
The June 18 White House event will mark the first time Biden or President Barack Obama has held a public event on gun control since the Senate rejected expanded background checks for gun purchases April 17. . . .
But Biden apparently couldn't wait until the 18th. Democrats are trying to divide the Republican party on the issue by blaming two Senators for forcing the other Republicans to vote against.
“On the gun issue, I don’t care what your position is -- I called 17 senators out, 9 of whom were Republicans. ... Not one of offered an explanation on the merits of why they couldn’t vote for the background check. But almost to a person, they said, ‘I don’t want to take on Ted Cruz. I don’t want to take on Rand Paul. They’ll be in my district.’
“I actually said, ‘Are you kidding? These are two freshman,’” Biden said, according to the pool report. . . .
Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to put more pressure on the few Democrats who voted against the new regulations.
Bloomberg is contacting more than 2,000 Democratic New York donors telling them not to give money to Sens. Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Mark Pryor and Heidi Heitkamp after they joined Republicans to block a bill expanding background checks on gun sales, POLITICO’s Mike Allen reports in Playbook. . . .
Of course, Baucus isn't running for re-election and Heitkamp isn't up again for 5 more years.
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