Six months after Jared Loughner allegedly fired a fusillade of shots into a crowd in Tucson, gun control advocates are asking why there has been no change to the policies that let him buy and carry a semi-automatic weapon without a permit, reports NPR. President Obama skirted the issue during his speech in Tucson four days after the shooting, which left six people dead and more than a dozen wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is sending a critical letter to the president today. Director Mark Glaze said, “the fact that we’re now six months out, there’s not been a single step from the White House, there’s not been a single congressional hearing on Tucson or the policy problems that made it possible, is not encouraging.” White House spokesman Jay Carney said a working group at the Justice Department is expected to have recommendations “in the near future.” One of the staunchest gun control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), says, “I have spoken to the president. He is with me on it, and it’s just going to be when that opportunity comes forward that we’re going to be able to go forward.”