October 2nd, 2013
09:56 AM ET
12 months ago

Poll: Stricter gun laws would not have stopped Navy Yard shooter

Washington (CNN) - Support for background checks for all gun-buyers remains high, but more than six in 10 American voters say tougher gun laws would not have prevented last month's Washington Navy Yard Shooting, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday also indicates two-thirds of voters support Starbucks' recent request for customers not to bring guns into their stores.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Polls
Obama admin funding cops in schools
September 27th, 2013
04:31 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama admin funding cops in schools

Washington (CNN) - Nine months after the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, President Barack Obama is putting millions of dollars into funding armed police officers in schools across the country, an idea not too far removed from an National Rifle Association proposal to make sure schools are protected by “good guys with guns.”

Friday afternoon the Justice Department announced about $45 million in funding intended to create 356 new school resource officer positions under the federal COPS grants.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Gun control • Gun rights • Justice Department
Transcript: Obama's Navy Yard shooting remarks
September 22nd, 2013
06:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Transcript: Obama's Navy Yard shooting remarks

(CNN) - In his fifth speech following a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Sunday mourned the loss of 12 people killed last week at Washington's Navy Yard.

The president, who spoke at memorial service at the Marine Barracks, also argued against the notion that mass gun violence is "the new normal" and called on the country to make change happen.

Read a transcript of his remarks:
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Navy • President Obama
NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations
September 22nd, 2013
12:38 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations

Washington (CNN) - The Navy Yard shooting further proves that military installations need more robust security and more firearms, the CEO of the National Rifle Association said Sunday.

In the NRA's first response to last week's mass shooting in Washington, Wayne LaPierre argued the amount of time it took for first responders to kill the shooter could have been drastically shortened had Navy Yard personnel been armed with their own guns.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Washington D.C.
Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards
September 22nd, 2013
12:54 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama blasts Republicans at Congressional Black Caucus awards

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama blasted Republicans Saturday evening for risking a government shutdown in their effort to defund Obamacare saying, “It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis."

President Barack Obama was speaking at the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner. His speech focused on an array of topics, including health care, gun violence and creating economic opportunity.
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September 17th, 2013
07:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Cutter on Crossfire: Gun increase breaks all logic

In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting, Crossfire hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter address the guns debate with gun control advocate Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Senior Policy Advocate for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.


Filed under: Crossfire • Gun control • Gun rights
Obama suggests tougher checks might have prevented DC shooting
September 17th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama suggests tougher checks might have prevented DC shooting

Updated 9/17/2013 at 8:03pm

(CNN) -The Washington Navy Yard shooting could possibly have been prevented if tougher background checks were in place, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday, raising new concern about the frequency of mass shootings.

“The fact that– we do not have a firm enough background-check system– is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings. And, you know, I do get concerned that this becomes a ritual that we go through every three, four months, where we have these horrific mass shootings,” he said in an interview with Telemundo.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
Will Navy Yard rampage move the dial on gun control?
September 17th, 2013
04:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Will Navy Yard rampage move the dial on gun control?

Washington (CNN) - The national trauma inflicted by the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School prompted an emotional and fierce debate on gun control, but the drive this spring for stricter limits led by President Barack Obama fell short in Washington.

By summer, the issue had mostly faded on the political stage. It was replaced by troubling disclosures around national security leaks and U.S. surveillance, violent political turmoil in Egypt, alleged chemical weapons use in Syria, and another looming federal budget showdown.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Navy
Top House Dem: Gun lobby likely to block new laws
September 17th, 2013
01:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Top House Dem: Gun lobby likely to block new laws

Washington (CNN) – The number two House Democrat believes the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard will renew the debate over gun control, but admitted that outside groups opposed to any new restrictions make it unlikely that Congress will enact any new laws.

"If the past is prologue that prologue is not very helpful," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, referencing failed attempts on Capitol Hill to pass new gun laws after previous mass shootings, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
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Filed under: Gun control • Steny Hoyer
First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington
September 17th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington

Washington (CNN) – With guns back in the national spotlight after a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tour Maryland's largest gun manufacturer on Wednesday as part of his ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.

A Perry aide told CNN that the Republican governor will tour the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Martin O'Malley • Rick Perry
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