Gun control debate returns in wake of Navy Yard shooting

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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]

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."[2] Senator Dianne Feinstein was one of the first to speak out, questioning "When will enough be enough?"[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] Both state Senators were replaced by gun rights supporters who will join the Colorado Senate in January.[5]

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