Senate Will Debate Gun Control Proposal

Friday, April 12, 2013

With a vote of 68 to 31, the Senate overcame the threat of a filibuster to begin a debate on gun control yesterday. Debate will begin next week, but the future of this legislation is uncertain. Tom Diaz, policy analyst for the Violence Policy Center and the author of "The Last Gun," explores the possibilities for the future of gun control in Congress. 


Tom Diaz

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Victim disarmament laws have been protecting armed robbers since 1911.
For example: NY's Sullivan Law of 1911 restricted victims from carrying pistols. Sullivan represented a dock district, and many of his constituents were muggers. Sullivan was leader of a notorious Irish gang. Their criminal work was impeded by the fact that citizens were arming themselves before going to that bad neighborhood, thereby making robbery a dangerous business. Sullivan wanted to protect his criminal constituents from armed victims, and his law has made New York safe for robbers ever since.
The NY murder rate rose after the law's passage.

Apr. 12 2013 03:42 PM

"Friend was shot down in Washington, DC."
Wasn't DC a Gun-free zone at the time?
Observe the pattern:
188 Homicides in 1976
1976 DC bans all guns
369 Homicides in 1988
454 homicides 1993
2007 Gun ban found unconstitutional
September 2008 DC allows ownership of semiautomatic handguns for home defense.
186 Homicides in 2008
88 Homicides in 2012

Apr. 12 2013 03:33 PM
Kay Merkel Boruff from Dallas

Solutions not Symbols. New gun laws won't help. Enforce laws on the books. Real solutions are btter education, better mental health, better economy, & jobs, but politicians are more interested in their re-elections. What do we value? Why are there gangs in Chicago killing people? How will background checks help this problem? I'm not sure ciminals will submit to backgroud chcks, or limit their bullets, or not buy semi-automatic assault rifles.

Apr. 12 2013 12:33 PM
Kat from Wellfleet

It is NOT just Newtown - People should listen to these episodes of This American Life - guns have permeated the mindset of our youth. You'd be shocked at how EASY they are to get, even with Chicago's strict "no gun shop" law.

If you want to get to the gist of it real quick, click:

On February 15th and 22nd, 2013, the public radio show This American Life aired episodes about Harper High School in Chicago. During the 2011-2012 school years, 29 current and former students were shot. Twenty-one were wounded; eight died.

I learned, I grieved and I gave. If you want to get to the gist of it real quick, click:

Apr. 12 2013 12:26 PM

The Civil Rights movement was about securing Constitutional rights.
Gun control is about restricting Constitutional rights.

If Newtown was so transformational on the issue of gun control thanks to media coverage then does that explain the virtual media silence on the Philadelphia doctor trial which could be transformational on the issue of abortion?

Why do so-called progressives in media and politics get to dictate to the public what we should obsess about and what we should ignore?

Apr. 12 2013 09:34 AM

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