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Debating the Assault Weapons Ban in 2004

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The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut one-year ago renewed debate about gun control in the United States, but legislation requiring background checks on gun purchases failed to pass the Senate. In 2004, as the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was set to expire, Congress debated renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles like the one used in the Newtown shooting. From our Washington Week Vault, Gebe Martinez of The Houston Chronicle explained why Congress chose to let the 10-year ban expire.

 

From the Vault: The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

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After President Obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage last week, it has increasingly become a topic in the 2012 presidential election. In 2004 Congress considered a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Time Magazine; Gebe Martinez, The Houston Chronicle, Anne Kornblut, The Boston Globe; Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post.