After Navy Yard Shooting, Talk Revives of a New Federal Gun Control Debate


When President Obama lamented the deaths of another senseless mass shooting, this one yesterday at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard, he hinted at his view that Congress must help prevent future massacres, but offered no specifics and stopped short of promising a new campaign on that front, reports Politico. The grim reality: If the murder of 20 first graders in Newtown, Ct., wasn't enough to pass a gun-control bill, how likely will the deaths of 12 adults at a Navy base change the result? Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said, “No one tragedy — no matter how horrible — is going to be enough to create the sustained public will that's necessary to create change on this issue.” Still, he said, “While this issue is so prominent and in front of the American public, it is an appropriate time to make another push.”

Gross noted that the Brady Bill on background checks “took six votes, over seven years and three Congresses to pass.” Former National Rifle Association lobbyist Richard Feldman, who heads the Independent Firearm Owners Association, faulted the White House for pushing legislation on background checks, assault weapons and magazines while doing little to address lapses in the mental health system that contribute to many mass shootings. “We should focus on policy and find the sweet spot on which Americans agree,” he said. A U.S. Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on Stand Your Ground laws scheduled for today was postponed. The Associated Press reported that Alexis carried three weapons: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun he took from a police officer at the scene. AP also said Alexis was suffering serious mental issues, including paranoia, a sleep disorder, and hearing voices in his head,

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