President Barack Obama keeps pressing for gun control measures in response to the tragic school shooting in Connecticut late last year.
Sen. Mike Johanns opposes using the Newtown shooting that killed 20 first graders and 6 educators to move gun control legislation.
“I think this was a political response to a very tragic circumstance,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Obama visited Connecticut shortly after the December 14th shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Monday, Obama returned to meet with family members of the victims and to call for action in Congress. Members of 11 families flew with the president on Air Force One back to Washington to lobby for gun restrictions.
It appears efforts to ban military-style assault rifles have failed. Debate has now shifted to legislation requiring background checks and some sort of federal registration of gun purchases.
Johanns sees little chance of any gun control measures passing Congress.
“All of this stuff about we’re going to ban 100 weapons and this that and the next thing, I never believed had any basis in reality and I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere in the Senate or the House,” Johanns says.
Johanns sees the possibility of agreement on legislation to enhance the nation’s response to mental health issues.
Johanns is sponsoring legislation with Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, to study the possible impact violence in movies, television and video games might pose to children.
Under the legislation, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services would work with the National Academy of Sciences to investigate potential harmful effects exposure to violent content could have on children, focusing on whether violent video games or media programming would trigger aggressive behavior.
It would study both the passive effect of TV and movies and the interactive nature of video games with vivid portrayal of violence.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]