There was a vote last week in the Senate to take a vote on gun control, specifically background checks. In the present law, there are exceptions to background checks and the vote this week will close the gun law loophole, says Brad Bannon of Bannon Communications Research in Washington, D.C.
The immigration issue, on the other hand, is one of the rare issues where democrats and republicans both have the incentive to do something, says Bannon. The democrats have the incentive of gratitude to the strong Latino vote and the republicans have the incentive of fear, because if the republicans suffer another loss to the Latinos like they did last year, they will have a hard time winning in 2016, according to Bannon.
Many republicans who broke the filibuster have already said they're going to vote no when the bill comes up. A lot of republicans don't care about public opinion, says Bannon, but those who do should worry about the gun control law. A recent ABC poll shows that 91% of Americans support background checks and 57% support a ban on assault weapons, so public opinion is very strong.
Bannon thinks the Senate will pass the gun control law, which is again, just a tightening of the background checks but they will have to figure out how to get the bill through the "NRA-GOP dominated House of Representatives."
Bannon says President Obama will probably continue speaking about gun control and if the vote passes, this will most likely increase. Having the first lady speak about it is good as she's so popular. In fact, when she last spoke about gun control, it was the first time she talked about a policy matter, which shows just how important gun control is to the White House, says Bannon.