Virtually since the Obama administration took office, the White House has avoided touching the third-rail issue of gun control with a 10-foot pole. So will the mass shooting in Arizona that gravely injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and killed six others (including a federal judge) change their approach?
Gun control advocates hope so. Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said in an interview that banning the high-capacity clips (the type used by alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner) was “the smallest step you can take to do the most amount of good.”
But she’s still not sure if President Barack Obama, who has gotten flack from gun control advocates for his inaction on the issue, will make the legislation a bigger priority.
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