Are gun control advocates ready to play the game. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) hopes so. He plans to reintroduce the compromise bill that he reached with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) The bill might have a chance to pass the Senate. Some of the Senators who voted no might welcome the mulligan because their polling numbers have plummeted.
Senators tempted to dismiss the poll might want learn about what happened to Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a town hall meeting earlier this week. Ayotte is one of the Senators who’s polling numbers dropped.
Rejecting the vote angered background check supporters. That rage won’t be enough for them to overcome opposition of the dedicated people who oppose background checks. Supporters must organize, lobby, raise money and most of all vote to reward allies and punish foes in 2014 and 2016.