This week a bipartisan compromise in the U.S. Senate to expand background checks to more gun sales fell short of the filibuster-proof majority that it needed to advance toward passage. Four Democrats joined all but a few Republicans in opposing the compromise. President Obama, who supported the compromise, described the bitter defeat as “round one” and vowed to keep fighting. Do you think the president and other advocates of what he calls “common-sense gun legislation” will ultimately prevail? Or do you think this week’s defeat, just a few months after the Newtown massacre, proves that Congress isn’t interested in passing more gun limits? Did the Senate do the right thing? Would more gun laws make Americans safer? Talk about it!
NEWS AND VIEWS
Gun Control Effort Had No Real Chance, Despite Pleas
News analysis, New York Times, April 17