Senators expect another vote on gun control by end of year
By The Los Angeles Times
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Two top senators predicted on Thursday that gun legislation will come up again for a Senate vote — possibly before the end of the year — as public attitudes shift toward stricter controls.
Their assessment follows the defeat last week of a widely popular bipartisan background check measure that was drafted in response to the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, killing 26 people, mostly children.
“I think we're going to bring this bill back before the end of the year and I think you may find some changes,” said Sen Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a chief backer of the bill, at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Lots of senators who thought it was safe to vote against it” he said, “are not so sure anymore” because of changing attitudes.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a key Republican backer of the measure who spoke at the same event, concurred. “I do agree with Chuck. I think the issue is going to come back,” he said.
McCain said Congress needs to address specific aspects of gun violence that were not covered in the bill, including “the issue of crazy people who do terrible things,” as he noted the mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and in Tucson in his home state.
“That is probably the toughest part of this issue: Where do individual rights end and the obligation to protect the population begin?” McCain said.
New polling show Americans' anger with the Senate's vote is not as strong as the satisfaction coming from those who said they were “very happy” with the outcome.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- FBI: Russian diplomats lied to get U.S. benefits
- Snowy owls travel south
- From prison to presidency, Mandela reformed South Africa, ended apartheid
- White House flops: Obama knew uncle
- New York City commuter train derailment kills 4, hurts more than 60
- New York’s Cardinal Dolan says Roman Catholic Church ‘outmarketed’ on gay marriage
- Congressmen seek medal for World War II spies
- Health care website goal met, White House claims
- Cause of train wreck unclear
- United Auto Workers considers first dues hike since 1967
- Sandy Hook 911 calls fuel sensitivity debate