Gun reform laws eluded Biden in 2013. Could this showdown with the NRA be different?

Within hours of 10 people being gunned down at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado on Monday – the second such bloody rampage in seven days – the calls had begun for Congress to tighten up America’s notoriously slack firearms laws. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic US senator from Colorado who was governor of the state at the time of the Aurora cinema shooting that killed 12 people in 2012, opined that “our country has a horrific problem with gun violence. We need federal action. Now.” Gabby Giffords, a former congresswoman and leading gun control advocate who was shot in the head in 2011, remarked : “It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s beyond time for our leaders to take action.” The most prescient comment came from Mark Barden , whose son Daniel was one of 20 six- and seven-year-olds shot dead at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut in December 2012. His heart was with the grieving families of Boulder, he said, adding that he hoped this year the country would “finally expand access to background checks”. That hope that real legislative change could finally be on the horizon belied the years of disappointment that have brought Barden and other gun law campaigners to this point. In April 2013, the Sandy Hook father stood beside Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House hours after the US Senate had voted down a bill that would have introduced universal background checks on all gun sales. […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.