Congress, Like the Rest of America, Losing Interest in Gun Control

Monday, April 01, 2013

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For a period of time after December's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Americans felt a collective sense of outrage that something had to be done about gun violence in this country. Polling data suggested that Americans were much more supportive of gun control measures. Politicians promised stronger gun law and the public seemed to approve. It is now three months later, and the support seems to have dropped among the public, but more visibly so in Congress.

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Joe Nocera explores the issue in his daily series Gun Report in The New York Times, examining gun incidents before and after Newtown.

Washington appeared to have been buried deep in discussion to passing a law that exercise a ban on assault weapons as well as a universal background check for new gun buyers, yet no law has been passed and the conversation continues. In a recent discussion on guns, the White House said that it "doesn't support a national gun registry."

Neighboring countries such as Canada experience far less encounters when it comes to gun violence and healthcare, but these issues continues to plague the United States. The collectivity on both issues sparked outrage among American citizens in what seems to be a spotting effect, strong one moment and loosing momentum the next.

What has yet to lose speed however is the rate at which people continue to die by guns.


Joe Nocera

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione and Biancia Francis

Comments [4]

Ringo Lapua from Boca Raton, FL

Enforcing off target legislation costs millions and even billions of tax dollars, not to mention the cost to the judicial system and the penal system. In other words, target the killers and not the citizens who wish to protect themselves. There are many reasons for owning military type rifles by the citizenry. Just ask people in Switzerland who require all adult males to own an assault rifle and at least 1000 rounds of ammunition...WHY? (as if I really have to ask). Any government who is so persistent about disarming lawabiding citizens has another darker agenda. Either the Obama administration and the airhead socialist Democrats are so clueless not to understand that or they truly have a darker agenda (ala Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Hitler and Chavez). If they would switch their energies to identifying young people with
bi-polar and autism who have violent anger problems and promote responsible safe gun ownership, I would support them, but to attack the average innocent lawabiding citizen with this silly witchhunt legislation is WRONG and I will NEVER SUPPORT THIS.

Apr. 03 2013 11:02 AM
Eric Mills from U.S.

Americans have the attention span of a six-year-old.

Perhaps if 26 congressmen had been gunned down rather than 26 children and their teachers, we would be more serious about this issue.

But probably not.

Apr. 03 2013 10:56 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The issue is not only gun stats but the value put on guns as a status symbol.
Powerful guns are expensive. People are gearing up. Soon they'll be guns made of gold with diamonds. I bet there are already.
This country is not ready to give up its guns. Somehow we all still live in the Wild Wild West. I don't know when or if, civilization will hit this part of the world.

Apr. 01 2013 10:24 PM
Kay Merkel Boruff from Dallas

Gun violence causes: education, jobs, family or lack there of. We need to solve these problems, not add more gun laws. Enforce the laws on the books. Or change laws to state: You commit a crime with a gun = 10 years. You kill someone committing a crime = 20 years.

Apr. 01 2013 12:32 PM

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