Originally Posted by silentstriker
Well, if he pushes and wins, or loses, he might have to expend a lot of political capital. He had a huge amount of it in 2008 and spent almost all of it on one single issue: healthcare. And it cost him and the party a lot.
There are several big item fights that he has to gear up for: the budget/taxes and immigration being two massive ones that MUST get done. Now if you add gun control, it makes it very tough. Does it he want to use his arm twisting and pressuring on this issue - or something else? He doesn't have the political capital to bullrush on all the major issues - you alienate a lot of people each time you push through a controversial bill.
I don't think he should touch gun control, personally. Nothing within the realms of possibility is likely to make the slightest bit of difference and will only serve to illustrate to the NRA that gun control doesn't work. Political capital should be expended where he can actually make a difference.