President Endorses Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban, Other Gun Safety Legislation

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:20 am

The President will support a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He will also “consider” legislation limiting extended magazines that carry a high capacity of bullets, as well as legislation closing the “gun show loophole,” which enables gun purchasers to avoid [...]

Feinstein Plans to Reintroduce Assault Weapons Ban Next Year

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 12:26 pm

Dianne Feinstein, author of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired under President George W. Bush in 2004, told Meet the Press that she plans to reintroduce the law on the first day of the new Congress in 2013. The bill seeks to respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, [...]

Pretend Debate Over Gun Control Won’t End With Anything Tangible

By: Monday July 23, 2012 6:16 am

New gun control legislation will not pass this Congress. I’m confident saying it won’t pass the next Congress either, or the next. In essence, new gun control legislation will never pass Congress again, as long as this generation of Democrats remains in power. The assault weapons ban passed in 1994, not that long ago. Every [...]

Obama Enters Gun Control Debate Gingerly

By: Monday March 14, 2011 10:58 am

Two months after the tragic shooting in Tucson, President Obama quietly placed an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star commencing the debate on gun laws that should arise as a result. This is a pretty muted response, but let’s see what he views as priorities: • First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are [...]

Giffords Speaking Again; Fiancee of Victim in Attack Calls for High-Capacity Magazine Ban

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 1:41 pm

The news we’re all supposed to know about from the Gabby Giffords assassination is that she has begun speaking. And that is indeed great news, and I hope it leads to a full recovery. Less remarked-upon is the kinds of systemic issues with public policy that led to the shooting in the first place: the [...]

Tucson Shooting Hero Daniel Hernandez Supports Gun Safety Changes

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 2:02 pm

Daniel Hernandez, rightly lauded as a hero for saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during the shooting in Tucson, has stepped forward on the public policy issue of gun control, supporting a variety of changes to gun laws along the lines of what several lawmakers have proposed. Daniel Hernandez, the intern who rushed to [...]

Gun Safety Advocates Face Deep Climb in Congress

By: Friday January 14, 2011 11:42 am

A few commentators, including Rachel Maddow, have taken pessimists to task for suggesting that the chances of actual meaningful gun safety legislation in the wake of the Tucson assassination attempt are quite low. I think it’s more accurate to describe those pessimists as realists. And joining them is one of the most ardent gun safety [...]

Debate Continues Over High-Capacity Magazine Clips

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 8:13 am

My Congresswoman, Jane Harman, was one of the only ones on the floor of the House yesterday to use the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords as an opportunity to talk about gun control efforts. Representative Jane Harman, a California Democrat, used her floor remarks on the resolution to urge Congress to restrict access to assault [...]

Boehner Shuts Down Peter King Gun Control Legislation

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 7:43 am

I guess Rachel Maddow called me out, among other people, a bit for displaying a bit of cynicism over the possibility of gun control legislation getting through Congress. I’m all for rallying the troops with a “we can do it” speech, but when I wrote that, I was thinking of this. The Speaker of the [...]

Concealed Carrying Bystander Nearly Killed Innocent Man During Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 11:49 am

Jared Loughner fired 31 shots in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. At least 20 of those 31 struck individuals. Under the federal assault weapons ban which expired in 2004, it would have been difficult for him to fire more than 10. High-capacity magazine clips were banned from manufacture and hard to get, and the moment of [...]

Don’t Expect Any Changes in Gun Laws After Tucson Shooting

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 7:29 am

Carolyn McCarthy and Frank Lautenberg will introduce companion legislation in both houses of Congress that would restore the ban on high-capacity magazines like the one used by Jared Loughner in the Tucson assassination attempt of Gabrielle Giffords, which killed 6. Of all the possibilities on gun control in the wake of the incident, it’s a [...]

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