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19 Junio 2017, 07:34 | Crisanna Felipe
MoreCloseclosemoreHouse Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015
Yet there is perhaps no more polarizing an issue for Democrats and Republicans than gun control legislation and, when asked about next steps, Speier noted the odds.
The most intriguing development came back on January 20, inauguration day, when the number two official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives circulated an internal white paper suggesting that the agency go easier on the regulation of guns and gun dealers. "I have long advocated - this is not what today is about - but there are too many guns on the streets". The Republican majorities on Capitol Hill have blocked every attempt to enact significant gun control legislation, most recently after the massacre of 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub in June 2016.
Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice marked the first high-profile test of Trump-era gun politics: Republican control of Congress and the White House has all but eliminated talk of tightening federal gun laws. "Americans deserve better than this and we can do better than this". All people in that situation, unarmed and under fire, would long to be able to protect themselves and their friends.
He added, "With 93 million people a day, it's just something". Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.
"This is not about more guns, which we know would not have prevented this event in spite of the presence of Congressman Scalise's armed detail", said the group Sandy Hook Promise. New York Rep. Chris Collins lurched in the other direction, telling Buffalo's WKBW he would, going forward, "be carrying (a licensed firearm) when I'm out and about".
Virginia requires background checks at commercial, licensed retailers, although background check requirements are more relaxed for private sales, such as at gun shows.
Other lawmakers hinted that the shooting could have easily escalated were it not for the people with guns on the field that morning.
A spokesperson for Scalise said he was "stable" and undergoing surgery.
Chelsea Parsons, vice president for guns and crime policy at the liberal Center for American Progress, noted however, that since the 2012 shooting in CT resulting in the deaths of 20 first-graders and six staff members at an elementary school, several states have imposed new limits on gun sales.
This strongly held belief, however, exists only as an action-movie fantasy contradicted by a bevy of data.
Why are Trump and so many red-teamers willing to adopt restrictions to curb the tiny risks posed by immigrants, but aren't willing to do so for the similarly tiny risks posed by guns?
The problem in America is not guns but the state of the political discourse, said Dave Kopel, a gun rights advocate and director of libertarian think tank the Independence Institute.
Law-abiding citizens obey gun control laws while killers don't.
Also, just because a person carries a gun does not mean he or she will use it responsibly. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of the police officers who shot James T. Hodgkinson, the attacker.
For the Republican majority that incurred his rage, Hodgkinson's rampage and subsequent take-down only reinforced the NRA mantra that the only antidote for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. They're used to spreading fear to sell guns. But this myth has risky consequences.
"Our thoughts are with those who have been shot and with their loved ones, and we commend the heroic effort by the law enforcement officers who intervened", said Brady Campaign President Dan Gross in a statement.
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