Harry Reid admitted this week that the assault-weapons ban is a nonstarter in the Senate, but the National Rifle Association is not relishing any victories. The group’s director of public affairs, Andrew Arulanandam, tells National Review Online that, as far as the NRA is concerned, it has not succeeded in killing the ban yet. “Whoever says that it’s dead doesn’t know what they’re talking about. All you need to do is look at the Bloomberg-Biden presser yesterday,” he says, referring to the avowals from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and vice president Joe Biden that they plan to pressure lawmakers to back the ban. “We’re going to do whatever we can” to take down both the weapons ban and the background check bill currently up for debate.