Pelosi: Harry Reid and ‘Big Money’ Are the Reasons I Didn’t Hold Any Votes on Gun Control from 2009 to 2011

by JOHN MCCORMACK, The Weekly Standard  |  published on December 22, 2012

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At a press conference in the Capitol on Wednesday, House Democrats lashed out at opponents of new gun control measures.

“There are no arguments against doing something,” said Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut. “The notion that more Americans, quote unquote, in the words of Governor Perry ‘packing heat’ will make us safer is not founded in reality, facts, or history. It is founded in the fantasy of testosterone-laden individuals who have blood on their hands for articulating that idea.”

Rep. John Larson, another Democrat from Connecticut, agreed with his colleague and said that “to do nothing is to be complicit” with mass murder.

But when nearly 260 Democrats controlled the House from 2009 to 2011, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn’t hold a single vote on gun control. Why not?

“Perhaps you’re familiar with the 60-vote rule in the Senate,” Pelosi told me. “Our members are very courageous. They’ll walk the plank on any tough vote. But I don’t want them to walk the plank on something that’s not going to become the law.”

“This is a very high priority for us,” Pelosi continued. “But because of what is—money. Let’s face it. Big money out there on the side of those would be opposed to gun safety.”

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