GOP Advances School-Safety Measures, Avoids Gun Control

While congressional Republicans push bills that would give money to schools for more safety measures, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland says, “The Republicans would like to have the public think they’re doing something and have the [National Rifle Association] think they’re doing nothing.”

Democrats in Congress Mobilize on Gun Issues

Determined not to end up with a failed effort like their drive for a federal immigration law, Democratic leaders in Congress are coalescing behind a bill to improve gun background checks. They also are working to seize on the mounting public outrage and press their advantage by stoking big turnouts to demonstrations this month planned by survivors of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fl.


Where Do the Guns Come From?

The current gun debate has focused on background checks for legal firearms purchases. But gun violence is often committed by criminals who obtained their weapons illegally, according to podcasters who talked with youths and with researcher Philip J. Cook of Duke University about Chicago’s flourishing underground gun market.