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'''Washington, D.C.:''' The mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard has already begun raising the issue of gun control for the second time during the [[113th Congress]].  While President [[Barack Obama|Obama]] has been largely ineffective at getting stricter gun laws passed, White House Press Secretary [[Jay Carney]] announced Monday that President Obama will be issuing executive actions introducing "common-sense measures to reduce gun violence," particularly aimed at broader background check requirements on gun sales.<ref>[http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/09/17/carney-obama-implementing-executive-actions-following-navy-yard-shooting/ ''CBS News'', "Carney: Obama Implementing Executive Actions Following Navy Yard Shooting," September 17, 2013]</ref> President Obama spoke on Tuesday evening about his measures, stating, "I have now, in the wake of Newtown, initiated a whole range of executive actions. We've put in place every executive action that I proposed right after Newtown happened. So I've taken steps that are within my control. The next phase now is for Congress to go ahead and move."<ref>[http://www.ksat.com/news/politics/Obama-suggests-tougher-checks-might-have-prevented-DC-shooting/-/2567674/21988206/-/1214r3f/-/index.html ''KSAT'', "Obama suggests tougher checks might have prevented DC shooting," September 17, 2013]</ref>
 
'''Washington, D.C.:''' The mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard has already begun raising the issue of gun control for the second time during the [[113th Congress]].  While President [[Barack Obama|Obama]] has been largely ineffective at getting stricter gun laws passed, White House Press Secretary [[Jay Carney]] announced Monday that President Obama will be issuing executive actions introducing "common-sense measures to reduce gun violence," particularly aimed at broader background check requirements on gun sales.<ref>[http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/09/17/carney-obama-implementing-executive-actions-following-navy-yard-shooting/ ''CBS News'', "Carney: Obama Implementing Executive Actions Following Navy Yard Shooting," September 17, 2013]</ref> President Obama spoke on Tuesday evening about his measures, stating, "I have now, in the wake of Newtown, initiated a whole range of executive actions. We've put in place every executive action that I proposed right after Newtown happened. So I've taken steps that are within my control. The next phase now is for Congress to go ahead and move."<ref>[http://www.ksat.com/news/politics/Obama-suggests-tougher-checks-might-have-prevented-DC-shooting/-/2567674/21988206/-/1214r3f/-/index.html ''KSAT'', "Obama suggests tougher checks might have prevented DC shooting," September 17, 2013]</ref>
  
On Tuesday, the White House went after congressional opponents of stricter gun control.  Carney stated, "We all witnessed the power of a narrow special interest to influence a vote against the will of 80-90 percent of the American people, and that's the world that we live in, but we have to keep pressing forward."<ref name=yahoo>[http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-criticizes-lawmakers-opposing-gun-bill-181046122--politics.html ''Yahoo News'', "White House criticizes lawmakers opposing gun bill," September 17, 2013]</ref>  Senator [[Dianne Feinstein]] was one of the first to speak out, questioning "When will enough be enough?"<ref name=yahoo/>
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The White House also went after congressional opponents of stricter gun control.  Carney stated, "We all witnessed the power of a narrow special interest to influence a vote against the will of 80-90 percent of the American people, and that's the world that we live in, but we have to keep pressing forward."<ref name=yahoo>[http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-criticizes-lawmakers-opposing-gun-bill-181046122--politics.html ''Yahoo News'', "White House criticizes lawmakers opposing gun bill," September 17, 2013]</ref>  Senator [[Dianne Feinstein]] was one of the first to speak out, questioning "When will enough be enough?"<ref name=yahoo/>
  
 
Earlier this year, the push for congressional action on gun control followed the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 students and 6 teachers dead.  The Obama administration called for increased background check requirements to cover sales at gun shows as well as online sales, a ban on assault rifles, and a limit on the number of bullets in a magazine.<ref name=nyt>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/opinion/the-senate-fails-americans-on-gun-bills.html ''New York Times'', "The Senate Fails Americans," April 17, 2013]</ref>  The bills were brought to the [[United States Senate|Senate]] in April, but each failed to pass.  Most recently, two [[Colorado]] State Senators, [[John Morse]] and [[Angela Giron]], [[Recalls of two Colorado state senators head to the polls|were recalled]] for pushing stronger state laws through in the aftermath of the Aurora, CO shooting in 2012.<ref>[http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/11/us-usa-colorado-election-idUSBRE98A06I20130911 ''Reuters'', "Colorado voters oust Democratic state senators over gun control," September 11, 2013]</ref>  Both state Senators were replaced by gun rights supporters who will join the [[Colorado Senate]] in January.<ref>[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/colorado-senate-president-loses-seat-in-nra-backed-recall.html ''Bloomberg'', "Colorado State Senators Lose Seats in NRA-Backed Recall," September 11, 2013]</ref>
 
Earlier this year, the push for congressional action on gun control followed the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 students and 6 teachers dead.  The Obama administration called for increased background check requirements to cover sales at gun shows as well as online sales, a ban on assault rifles, and a limit on the number of bullets in a magazine.<ref name=nyt>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/opinion/the-senate-fails-americans-on-gun-bills.html ''New York Times'', "The Senate Fails Americans," April 17, 2013]</ref>  The bills were brought to the [[United States Senate|Senate]] in April, but each failed to pass.  Most recently, two [[Colorado]] State Senators, [[John Morse]] and [[Angela Giron]], [[Recalls of two Colorado state senators head to the polls|were recalled]] for pushing stronger state laws through in the aftermath of the Aurora, CO shooting in 2012.<ref>[http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/11/us-usa-colorado-election-idUSBRE98A06I20130911 ''Reuters'', "Colorado voters oust Democratic state senators over gun control," September 11, 2013]</ref>  Both state Senators were replaced by gun rights supporters who will join the [[Colorado Senate]] in January.<ref>[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/colorado-senate-president-loses-seat-in-nra-backed-recall.html ''Bloomberg'', "Colorado State Senators Lose Seats in NRA-Backed Recall," September 11, 2013]</ref>

Revision as of 11:56, 18 September 2013

September 17, 2013

By Phil Heidenreich

Washington, D.C.: The mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard has already begun raising the issue of gun control for the second time during the 113th Congress. While President Obama has been largely ineffective at getting stricter gun laws passed, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Monday that President Obama will be issuing executive actions introducing "common-sense measures to reduce gun violence," particularly aimed at broader background check requirements on gun sales.[1] President Obama spoke on Tuesday evening about his measures, stating, "I have now, in the wake of Newtown, initiated a whole range of executive actions. We've put in place every executive action that I proposed right after Newtown happened. So I've taken steps that are within my control. The next phase now is for Congress to go ahead and move."[2]

The White House also went after congressional opponents of stricter gun control. Carney stated, "We all witnessed the power of a narrow special interest to influence a vote against the will of 80-90 percent of the American people, and that's the world that we live in, but we have to keep pressing forward."[3] Senator Dianne Feinstein was one of the first to speak out, questioning "When will enough be enough?"[3]

Earlier this year, the push for congressional action on gun control followed the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 students and 6 teachers dead. The Obama administration called for increased background check requirements to cover sales at gun shows as well as online sales, a ban on assault rifles, and a limit on the number of bullets in a magazine.[4] The bills were brought to the Senate in April, but each failed to pass. Most recently, two Colorado State Senators, John Morse and Angela Giron, were recalled for pushing stronger state laws through in the aftermath of the Aurora, CO shooting in 2012.[5] Both state Senators were replaced by gun rights supporters who will join the Colorado Senate in January.[6]

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