Of the four things President Obama urged Congress to pass at his gun control speech Thursday, background checks seem like the least unpopular. While most of Obama's proposed gun regulations are polling well with the public, they are not nearly as popular in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has suggested he didn't see the value in passing legislation he didn't think could pass the House. House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman said Wednesday that committees would "review" Obama's proposals, "And if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that." And those are the merely noncommittal.
On Fox & Friends Thursday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Obama was just using the Newtown shooting to do something he'd wanted all along. Rubio explained:
"The impetus for all of this was the shooting in Connecticut, right? That's what led to this. And yet nothing he’s proposing would have prevented Connecticut... This is stuff they've always wanted to do, and now this has created the political climate to pursue it."
Speaking to Bill O'Reilly the night before, Rubio said, "I think that the president – and he doesn’t have the guts to admit it – is not a believer of the Second Amendment."