Ever since the election, Pudge has been expressing his sense of terror that someone is going to take his guns away. This is on the grounds that All Liberals support Taking Innocent Hard Working Americans Guns Away(tm). He even started supporting civil liberties, after eight years of being an apologist for the Bush regime, making it clear that the only one that seemed to matter was, well, guns.
(Yes, there's a reference to the tenth amendment in there, but the 10th doesn't enumerate anything and neither does Pudge. The only concrete civil liberty referred to is in the 2nd amendment reference. No reference, of course, to the other rights in the Bill of Rights, but why would there be?)
Anyway, many of us pointed out that the paranoia wasn't justified, that no Democratic administration was going to pass sweeping gun control legislation. Indeed, even Obama himself pointed it out last year, earning the ridicule of the NRA because, frustrated, Obama pointed out that he couldn't do it even if he wanted to because there wouldn't be the votes.
Well, if he's not going to believe the liberals, and he's not going to believe PRESIDENT OBAMA, perhaps he could listen to Nancy Pelosi. Here's the thing Pudge. Politicians who support things or feel compelled to support them because their supporters do do not generally say the opposite in an effort to pull the wool over the eyes of their opponents. Perhaps Obama was wrong in thinking he doesn't have the votes (though yesterday's Senate vote on DC suggests he was, with a clear majority in favor of overturning DC's gun laws), but Pelosi can pretty much say whatever she wants. If she and the Democratic Congress believes gun control is what the nation wants and needs, she can get it passed in Congress as a stunt, and then blame that pesky Senate for not doing what the people demand.
Pelosi says she's not going to do it. She's not. Really, she isn't. And while Obama says that while he "supports" the AWB, he hasn't said he's going to push for it. Obama's not going to push any serious gun control legislation and has no good reason to do so, so Pelosi isn't about to be overridden or blackmailed into passing something she disagrees with.
And liberals have openly pointed out from the beginning that this was how it was going to play out. The AWB is bad politics. It's not an effective law. It's of questionable constitutionality. It serves to upset law abiding gun owners without having much affect on criminals. There is no constituency that would be enormously placated by introducing the law regardless. There is more pressing business to contend with, and Obama is doing his best to transcend party politics and appeal to groups that traditionally have voted Republican over issues like this despite generally opposing Republican viewpoints on issues like pointless wars, torture, abuse of prisoners, the war on drugs, and federal funding for Protestant religion.