Dems vow ac­tion on gun laws

Weekend Herald - - World -

Newly as­cen­dant Democrats in the US are promis­ing con­gres­sional ac­tion on gun con­trol amid a rash of mass shoot­ings, in­clud­ing a late-night as­sault at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia bar on Thurs­day. Ma­rine com­bat vet­eran Ian David Long, 28, killed 12 peo­ple at a coun­try mu­sic bar late on Thurs­day in an at­tack that added Thou­sand Oaks to the tragic ros­ter of Amer­i­can cities trau­ma­tised by mass shoot­ings. The gun­man ap­par­ently took his own life as scores of po­lice con­verged on the Border­line Bar and Grill. Long’s mo­tive was still not known. “The Amer­i­can peo­ple de­serve real ac­tion to end the daily epi­demic of gun vi­o­lence that is steal­ing the lives of our chil­dren on cam­puses, in places of wor­ship and on our streets,” said Con­gress­woman Nancy Pelosi, the Demo­cratic leader who is run­ning for a sec­ond stint as House speaker. Pelosi vowed to push for a range of ac­tions to stem gun vi­o­lence. Democrats won a ma­jor­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Wed­nes­day’s Midterm elec­tions.

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