Gun-control activists gird for tough national fight in wake of deadly rampages: ‘We’re playing the long game’

Hours after a gunman killed 10 people in a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., the second deadly shooting in less than a week, gun-control activists once again called for lawmakers to take action. But even as they did so, some acknowledged that progress on the issue has been frustratingly slow. Across the country, lawmakers at all levels have struggled to pass meaningful legislation, and courts sometimes strike down what does become law. It’s an even bigger challenge at the federal level, where no major gun-control measure has passed in more than two decades, even though nearly 20,000 Americans were killed by guns last year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. “Solutions are not the priority for our politicians. It’s never ending,” said Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin, 17, was killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018. “I know what those families are going through exactly and it makes me feel so sad,” he said. “And it makes me feel that we are not doing enough.” “There’s no amount of cruelty that will cause substantial gun control in this country,” Kasky, 20, said in an interview. “Kids can be killed and killed and killed, and at best you will see nothing more than the baseline legislation.” After Monday’s King Soopers shooting, President Biden signaled that he wanted to change the dynamic, vowing not to wait “ another minute ” to propose a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as […]

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