When gun-control activists visited the Justice Department last month to push the Obama administration for more firearm regulation. White House aide Steve Croley, the point man on the gun issue, stayed mostly silent, reports the Washington Post. That echoes the decision by Democrats to remain mute on guns as a national issue, even after the Tucson rampage in January. Democrats have no plans for serious gun-control initiatives, and the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy, as heart-rending as it was, hasn't changed their minds.
Activists describe Croley as enigmatic. Croley, who since August has been Obama's assistant for justice and regulatory policy, favors closing a loophole in the law that allows unlicensed gun dealers to sell arms without background checks, especially at gun shows. His background in administrative law has prepared him for figuring out how state agencies can make their records readily available to a federal gun database. One area in which Croley has shown less interest, according to several people who have spoken with him about the issue, is restricting the large-volume ammunition magazines that allowed the Tucson shooter to keep firing. Croley refused to talk to the Post.