Will the Navy Yard Shooting revive the firearm background check debate?
I mourn those killed today at the Navy Yard in Washington and send my thoughts and prayers to those families grieving the loss of loved ones. There are reports the killer was armed with an AR-15, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol when he stormed an American military installation in the nation’s capital and took at least 12 innocent lives. This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons — including a military-style assault rifle — and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough? Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life. Senate Democratic leadership and the White House are on record saying they will revisit the issue of expanded background checks, even after it failed to pass a cloture vote in the Senate. And if Feinstein’s statement is any indication, it seems she’ll be pushing that cause in the days ahead. ]]>
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