Gun issues, and the political pressure to make real changes to our gun laws in the direction of reform, are not going away. The Sandyhook parents are not going away. The stories of gun accidents, often involving children, as painstakingly detailed by Rachel Maddow above are not going away.
And lastly, the awkwardness for Senators who are used to voting in lockstep with the NRA's wishes are not going away, unless they, like, perhaps Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) switch their positions and their votes.
Maddow interviewed the parent of a Sandyhook victim, Mark Barden, last night:
"I scratch my head that they can say 'no' to these common sense solutions. And when I say 'common sense,' this is about firearm responsibility and safety, it's not about infringing on anyone's second amendment rights. If you think that, you haven't read the bill."
Barden, as a spokesperson for common sense gun regulations, stands in stark contrast to the death clown Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA, whose motto is: the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Never mind careless people with guns, children with guns, or unarmed crazy people with cash in a gun store.
But LaPierre is just doing his job. What about the 44 Senators who voted to oppose background check expansion to gun shows and online sales? What are they doing? Barden again:
"Senator Jim Inhofe says we have no business engaging in the debate. I called his office, he was too busy to talk. I said, here's my cell phone number: call me. I'm still waiting for his call. I think Rand Paul has a similar notion....I just want to ask him, 'What are you thinking?'"
Inhofe is thinking that he wants the continued support of the gun lobby, and that he is insulated from these attacks in his heavily republican state of Oklahoma. And he's right that being pro gun reform would likely hurt more than help in his next election. But state by state, gun reform is on the move, and one day it might just reach the entire country, Oklahoma included.