Apr 9, 2013
As the Senate prepares to take up a comprehensive gun safety bill on Thursday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told reporters that the coming debate will have nothing to do with the families of the victims from Newtown, Connecticut.
“See, I think it’s so unfair of the administration to hurt these families, to make them think this has something to do with them when, in fact, it doesn’t,” Inhofe said and suggested that Obama is manipulating and misinforming the families for political purposes.
Obama called on Congress to support gun safety legislation during a speech in Hartford, Connecticut on Monday. He then traveled with 12 families whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School back to D.C. on Air Force One to help him lobby lawmakers in favor of a Senate proposal that expands background checks to all purchases, cracks down on gun trafficking and invests in school safety.
Inhofe is part of a group of 14 senators who have pledged to block consideration of the bill, though their effort to filibuster reform appear to have fallen short. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced on Tuesday that he would file cloture on the measure. The Oklahoma senator has an A+ rating from the NRA and Gun Owners of America. He has taken at least $19,800 from the former since 1998.