Democratic candidates, forced to take a stand on gun control by activists, are speaking out forcefully

Democratic candidates, forced to take a stand on gun control by activists, are speaking out forcefully

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Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Eric Swalwell. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Charlie Neibergall/AP, Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters, Jeff Chiu/AP) Presidential elections are decided by many things: media exposure, financial backing, personal chemistry, timing and luck. Policy positions often are just a way of signaling where a candidate stands on the political spectrum. But 2020 is shaping up to be different, the most ideas-driven election in recent American history. On the Democratic side, a robust debate about inequality has given rise to ambitious proposals to redress the imbalance in Americans’ economic situations. Candidates are churning out positions on banking regulation, antitrust law and the future effects of artificial intelligence. The Green New Deal is spurring debate on the crucial issue of climate change, which could also play a role in a possible Republican challenge to Donald Trump. Yahoo News will be examining these and other policy questions in “The Ideas Election” — a series of articles on how candidates are defining and addressing the most important issues facing the United States as it prepares to enter a new decade. Hundreds of mass shootings have taken place in America since 2012 , when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school, killing 20 first-graders with an AR-15-style rifle. While there had been deadly mass shootings like Columbine and Virginia Tech before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that tragedy marked a turning point in the fight over gun reform. “Sandy Hook was a defining moment for a lot […]

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