Obama, Key Democrats to Pivot to Murder Control
Having been foiled in their attempts for more stringent gun control earlier this year, and with an eye on legacy, President Obama and leading Democrats in the Senate and House have raised the bar and taken on a new challenge; passing sweeping legislation to make homicide itself illegal in all 50 states in the face of powerful Republican opposition.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), believes the new bill being drafted will be landmark legislation in American history, "All this time, we've been focusing on guns, and not getting to the root of the problem; murder. For the first time, Americans can feel safe in their homes, knowing that the threat of violence has been ended, once and for all."
President Obama took a different tack, citing his efforts to garner bipartisan support for the new law, "I think the American people can agree to common sense murder-control measures, and I will be reaching across the aisle to ensure that nothing is left off the table in ensuring the our safety and the safety of our children." He added, however, that if an agreement cannot be met, executive action might be next.
Republicans have argued vehemently that murder is a matter best handled by the states, with Senate Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), insisting, "the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to pass laws concerning murder."
John Boehner, House majority leader, mentioned in an impromptu interview outside the Capitol, "We're not going to stand by while the President shreds the Constitution."
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) gave a fiery speech in Sacramento, condemning Republicans for rejecting what she considered "essential progress". Waters said, "having been a murder victim, I understand the pain that these people go through. It is cruel and irresponsible for someone to stand in the way of key legislation while billions of innocent people are being killed every day."
It is unclear how the drafters of the bill plan to enforce the new murder control legislation, and the road ahead is uncertain, but Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader is optimistic, "We're outlawing what should have been a crime all along, we are standing up for everyday Americans who have suffered for too long. We know we're doing the right thing."