How to finally pass meaningful gun control laws: “Don’t march in Washington”

How to finally pass meaningful gun control laws: “Don’t march in Washington”

After serving in Congress for 16 years, former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY, took on a second career writing novels and teaching. His second and latest novel, “Big Guns: A Novel,” is a comedy about where guns, small Long Island towns and Washington politics meet. Israel, who left Congress right before the Trump administration moved in, says that he mourned dozens of mass shootings while in office, but unfortunately, nothing changed. "The number one question that I faced, and virtually all of my colleagues after every one of those shootings, was when will Congress do something,” Israel told Salon. “I wanted to explain why in this book,” Israel continued, “through satire, snark and honesty.” He sat down with us in Salon’s studio recently for an episode of "Salon Talks." (This interview was conducted before Friday’s deadly school shooting in Texas .) This transcript has been lightly edited for length and clarity. New York City is, of course, famously Democratic, but your district’s probably somewhat competitive. You survived for a long time, but there are a lot of Republicans in Long Island and in the suburbs. My sense from this book, "Big Guns," is that you have had some experience with Republicans out there. I have, you know. I was elected in 2000 to a seat that was reliably held by a Republican, a guy named Rick Lazio, who left the seat to run against Hillary Clinton for the Senate. He’s got 75-80 percent of the vote, and then this […]

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