Diane Feinstein once remarked that if she could have gotten the votes, she would have pushed the legislation, and Mr. and Mrs. America would have had to turn them all in. She was referring to assault weapons. Now, like then, they don't have the votes in congress. Of course, that could always change. However, as Howard Dean realized, gun control has not been a winning platform for the democrats at the national level. With crime rates continuing to decline, gun control is probably not going to become a winning issue for the democrat party. Obama may try to push the issue via any EO he thinks he can get away with. He won't do anything in 2012 which could jeopardize his re election chances. If he gets re elected and has an opportunity to put three justices on the US Supreme Court, that will present a big danger.
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams.