Democrats in the House and Senate are preparing to introduce gun control legislation that would restrict high-capacity ammunition clips like the one used Saturday in the tragic shootings of 20 people in Arizona.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), two of the most outspoken gun control advocates in Congress, are sponsoring the legislation in their respective chambers.
“The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “These high-capacity clips simply should not be on the market. Before 2004, these ammunition clips were banned, and they must be banned again.”
McCarthy, whose husband was killed and her son wounded in a 1993 shooting, told Politico that her “staff is working on looking at the different legislation fixes that we might be able to do and we might be able to introduce as early as tomorrow.”
The gun used in the Tucson murders by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, a semiautomatic Glock 19 containing a high-capacity clip, was purchased by him legally in Tucson, according to The Associated Press.
Salon’s Justin Elliott reports that the selling or manufacturing of high-capacity clips, as defined as holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition, was illegal under the assault weapons ban of 1994 to 2004. Police say the magazine in Loughner’s gun contained 31 rounds.
Despite the relatively sympathetic political climate, the Lautenberg and McCarthy bills are likely to face stiff opposition in Congress, where gun control measures have faced daunting odds for years.
Gun rights groups such as the powerful National Rifle Association wield considerable influence over the issue and routinely lobby against restrictive gun measures, arguing that they are prohibited by the Second Amendment.
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence, told Raw Story that “gun-friendly laws” were a prime culprit in the Arizona tragedy, calling for better background checks and restrictions on ammunition purchases.
“We now allow people to get guns that can shoot a lot of bullets quickly and kill a lot of people, and that’s what we saw [Saturday],” Brady said.
Internet laughs off press secretary’s claims of presidential calm: ‘How often has Trump struck you as ‘measured’
President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for being calm or measured, but that's what his White House is claiming he was during a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.
"[email protected] was measured & decisive today. @SpeakerPelosi walking out was baffling but not surprising w NO intention of participating in a mtg on nat’l security. Dem “leadership” chose to storm out & whine to cameras, everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country," tweeted Stephanie Grisham.
It prompted CNN's Chris Cillizza to inquire when Trump ever struck someone as "measured."
Republicans lack the ‘moxie’ to defend America’s Kurdish allies in Syria: Ex-RNC Chair
Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.
MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.
"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.
"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.
"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."
‘Ignorance at the highest level’: Intel Democrat slams Trump for bizarre letter to Turkish president
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, ripped President Donald Trump for his juvenile letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.
"The White House just released the text of the less letter that the president sent to Erdo?an of Turkey, among other things, saying in the aftermath of the earlier decision by the U.S. to pull out troops, saying 'Don't be a tough guy, don't be a fool,'" said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What is your reaction to that?"
"You know, I'll be honest, I saw this online first. I got a copy of the letter," said Quigley. "I actually thought it was a prank, a joke. It couldn't possibly come from the Oval Office. It sounded all of the world like the president of the United States, in some sort of momentary lapse, just dictated angrily whatever was on the top of his head. These are extraordinarily serious issues. And an extraordinarily dangerous part of the world."