Exactly!! Very astute post!!I whole-heatedly believe she is behind a bigger agenda than the bill that was proposed and shot down. You see, the anti-gun politicians (mostly liberal), and big government in general, know they have to push lightly against the public. People feel very strongly about their right to protect themselves and the 2A. They will go to great lengths to minimally get a grip on gun control - little by little.
For example: Operation Fast and Furious. What was it's agenda? According to some reliable sources: Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations - CBS News Investigates - CBS News Giving the guns to Mexican cartels was a way to ensure legislation of "Demand Letter 3" I'm sure the current administration was very displeased when that exploded in their faces. Then came the shootings - and effort went to 100% gun control. They want you to forget the economy. Forget the fiscal cliff. Forget everything except that guns are bad. Not only do they get to push their agenda, they get to redirect the conservative attention to an unrelated, but extremely important topic while they push for other agendas in the background.
Fienstiens bill was designed to fail. It was so over the top, everyone knew it wouldn't pass. Even Harry Reid was vocally opposed. So why would they design a bill to fail? Well, now they can draft up a bill that is a compromise. They couldn't strip the country of everything they want (and don't be fooled, they want to strip all the guns from the public). So now they will make some "common sense" gun laws that only an extremist who "hates children" (like the victims of sandy hook) would oppose. Those measures, in all probability, will pass. Some republicans will concede. All the democrats will be on board.
It's scary to think that the government currently operates with such calculating deceit, but mark my words, it is the truth.