Thursday, April 18, 2013
The congressman accused lawmakers of bowing to special interests after the Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearms. Do you agree?
The U.S. Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearm sales Wednesday, rejecting bipartisan legislation endorsed by President Barack Obama. The bipartisan effort of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), failed 54-46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster, The Huffington Post reported. The measure would have expanded the current check system to cover sales of weapons on the Internet and at gun shows. Opponents said the expansion would have set the stage for a national registry of gun owners and said that it would not have prevented tragedies such as the Newtown shootings, HuffPo reports (see Gun Bill Background Check Amendment Fails, Other Key Provisions Follow). In response, U.S. Rep. Chris…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
With Governor O'Malley's gun control package still awaiting a vote in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee, a group of mothers and their children hit the halls of the Maryland State House on Tuesday to voice their concerns.
Video by Caroline Woodall, Capital News Service With Governor O'Malley's gun control package still awaiting a vote in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee, a group of mothers and their children hit the halls of the Maryland State House on Tuesday to urge delegates to approve what they call "common-sense" solutions to the growing problem of gun violence. "In a country where eight children are shot and killed every day, it is imperative that representatives hear directly and frequently from American mothers," Shannon Watts—founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—said in a Moms Demand Action statement. "As moms, we will remain focused on the safety of our children rather than be influenced or even intimidated by powerful gun…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Obama pressed for social and economic change in his State of the Union address.
Tuesday, February 12
By Jeremy Barr, Capital News Service President Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address as a second-term president Tuesday to focus on an economy that continues to struggle toward recovery and to lobby for better gun laws to stem violence that claimed two student lives in Maryland the same day. “A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs—that must be the North Star that guides our efforts," Obama said. "Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?” His administration released a package of job training, business …