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Passing the Brady Bill in 1993

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This week, as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, the Connecticut State's Attorney in Danbury released a report on the Newtown, CT massacre.  The shooting last December renewed a debate in Congress over gun control, but Congress was unable to pass legislation to prevent similar mass shootings.  Twenty years ago this week President Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which mandated background checks for firearms purchases.  Our 1993 Washington Week panel discussed how the bill, named for President Reag

What’s Changed in the Fight for New Gun Laws

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Gun-control groups scored modest public relations victories last week as they engaged senators of both parties who voted against a bipartisan plan to expand the national gun background-check system. Activists pushed senators to explain their votes in public settings in their home states, part of a new campaign to keep the issue of gun-control alive as long as necessary — which could mean the midterm elections in 2014.

February 22, 2013

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We look at the countdown to automatic spending cuts on March 1, China's alleged hacking of U.S. businesses, and gun violence in America as part of the PBS special programming 'After Newtown.' Joining Gwen: John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times; David Sanger, New York Times; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Sari Horwitz, Washington Post.  

 

Republicans Aren't the Only Gun-Control Obstacle

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President Obama’s call for Congress to show the “courage” to consider new gun-control laws was aimed at Republicans, but he faces challenges with members of his own party who have a history of cowering from the gun debate.

NRA Offers Free Advice on Arming Schools

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It was called a press conference, but it was really a dog-and-pony show. Or rather, a dog-and-ID show. Reporters were required to show ID twice before checking in to a crowded ballroom in a downtown Washington, D.C., hotel, where they had already pre-registered, while sniffer dogs roamed between their legs.

Obama Asks Supporters to Push Congress on Gun Control

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President Obama sought on Friday to enlist supporters to mount a public lobbying campaign on behalf of gun control in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Conn., suggesting that Congress would listen only if forced to by a populist backlash to gun violence.

Sandy Hook and the Politics of Pain

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I think it's fair to say we have all been crying for a week.

Watching the faces of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting scroll by, in silence, at the end of the PBS NewsHour on Monday night was excruciating.

I tried to escape by Christmas shopping. Cashiers asked me what the shooter's mother was thinking.

PBS Newshour: President Obama Declares Gun Control Will Be a 'Central Issue' of Second Term

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The White House stepped up its response to Sandy Hook by planning to give Congress recommendations on preventing mass shootings, from mental health services to gun control laws. Gwen Ifill talks to Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., who is pushing for statewide bans in Illinois on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

 

Obama vs. the NRA

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There are two ways to kill a policy idea in Washington: Broaden it to include every interested person with an opinion, or appoint a commission. If you broaden it, it quickly becomes a cacophonous mess, and everyone throws up his or her hands. Commissions, almost by design, are where action goes for a nap.

New Calls for Gun Limits

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Several lawmakers Sunday called for reintroducing a ban on assault weapons in the wake of Friday's deadly school rampage. President Barack Obama is also likely to propose gun-policy changes, according to two administration officials.