They blocked no gun control, and they did not keep quiet, and they rightfully blamed the Reps for blocking them. The Reps blocked everything they could, and did nothing themselves - whether or not they had control of Congress. You didn't see the Reps trying to introduce gun control legislation and being blocked by the Dems. Yep. That was the Rep's fault as well - it took so much time and effort to overcome their blockage of health care that other matters were excluded for four months there, until the Reps retook control and blocked everything again. Priorities - the Dems had only a couple of months, and they had to battle the entire do-nothing and block-everything Republican Party the whole time. But thoughts and prayers - the Reps were as big on thoughts and prayers then as they were before and have been since.