Update On Gun Control Legislation

Update On Gun Control Legislation

As members of Congress face voters over the spring recess, President Barack Obama makes the case for stricter gun control laws. Diane and her guests discuss the status of gun control legislation three months after the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

Three months have passed since the killing of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn. And already the sense of urgency for new gun control legislation is waning. President Barack Obama’s top agenda item, a ban on assault-style weapons, isn’t likely to survive in the Senate. A proposal to expand background checks also appears doubtful. And news that the Newtown shooter massacred two dozen people in five minutes may not be enough to save an amendment banning high-capacity magazines. But while it seems not much has changed, there may be long-term hope for gun control advocates: since December, real money is beginning to flow to counter the gun lobby. Diane and her guests discuss the latest on gun control laws.


Ladd Everitt

director of communications at The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Adam Winkler

law professor at UCLA and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America."

Richard Feldman

president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association and author of "Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist."

John Feinblatt

chief policy adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Fawn Johnson

correspondent, National Journal.

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