Cokie Roberts Slams Obama On Gun Control Failure: He ‘Didn’t Seem To Lift A Finger’ To Persuade Dems

President Obama wasn’t able to transform his gun control talk into actual legislation — despite the speeches and post-Newtown momentum. This Week‘s panel tackled the topic on Sunday, questioning whether the effort has come to an end. Looking back on the failure, Cokie Roberts placed the blame directly on the president.

Congress tends to respond to tragedy with legislation “that has nothing to do with the tragedy,” Jim DeMint contended. The president won’t do anything substantive on the gun control front, he argued, adding that the problem can’t be resolved in Congress. Schools, communities, and individuals are doing more “to protect people, and that’s where we need to provide the resources,” he said.

“This is a place where the president didn’t seem to lift a finger,” Roberts charged, “and call those Democrats and say to them, ‘Come on, I need your vote on that.'”

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) argued that while taking on the NRA will be a “titanic” effort, in the next year, we will see a vote on a bill that includes background checks, mental health, and school security — “that somehow will happen because this is a very powerful issue.”

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