On Friday’s broadcast of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, former Clinton campaign adviser James Carville explained why he does not expect pending gun legislation to pass the House of Representatives.
He praised the Senate Republicans who voted to end debate on the bill, which moved it one step closer to an up-or-down vote.
“That was quite a number and to some extent, it was courageous,” Carville said. “And it’s not going to do any good because it’s not going to pass the House. [Sen. John] Cornyn is right — what what they are doing in the Senate will not do a lot of good because it probably doesn’t have a chance to get out of the House. But it does show that after an event like this, it’s something — you know, 90 percent of the people in the United States want expanded background checks.”
Carville told host Joe Scarborough that those against regulating guns tend to have a longer memory than the anti-gun people.
“The keyword, Joe, is shrinking,” Carville said. “They are shrinking swing districts, and this is what they are faced with. And I’ll tell you another thing — I’ve seen this gun debate a long time in politics and the gun people remember you a lot longer for good or ill than the anti-gun people remember you. They are a powerful lobby, and they are a lobby in many instances I don’t agree with, but they do have long memories, and they are there, and I think they are just going to, you know, bring the hammer down. I’ve read that there is like 219 Republican members who fear a primary more than they fear an election. As long as you have that, it’s going to be hard to get those other votes.”