Democrats prom­ise con­gres­sional ac­tion on gun con­trol af­ter shoot­ing

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Wash­ing­ton: Newly as­cen­dant Democrats are promis­ing con­gres­sional ac­tion on gun con­trol amid a rash of mass shoot­ings, in­clud­ing a latenight as­sault at a Cal­i­for­nia bar that killed 12 peo­ple.

Mea­sures in­clud­ing ex­panded back­ground checks and a ban on as­sault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats re­take con­trol af­ter eight years of Repub­li­can rule.

“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 Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia, 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, in­clud­ing re­stric­tions on high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines and a mea­sure al­low­ing tem­po­rary re­moval of guns from peo­ple deemed an im­mi­nent risk to them­selves or oth­ers.

The mea­sures could win ap­proval in the Demo­crat­ic­con­trolled House next year but will face op­po­si­tion from the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Se­nate and the White House, where Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has promised to “pro­tect the Sec­ond Amend­ment.”

Still, gun con­trol ad­vo­cates be­lieve they have the po­lit­i­cal mo­men­tum to make guns a cen­tral is­sue next year.

The po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­lus on guns is chang­ing, said Demo­cratic Rep. Ted Deutch, whose Florida district in­cludes the Park­land high school where 17 peo­ple were killed in Fe­bru­ary.

Gun con­trol was a ma­jor is­sue even be­fore the most re­cent shoot­ings. Law­mak­ers de­bated ac­tion fol­low­ing the Park­land at­tack and a 2017 shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas that left 58 dead, and ul­ti­mately took mod­est steps to boost school safety funds and im­prove com­pli­ance with the fed­eral back­ground check sys­tem for gun pur­chases.

—AFP

Mourn­ers cry and com­fort each other dur­ing a vigil for the vic­tims of the mass shoot­ing at the Thou­sand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Thurs­day

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