“President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both have softened their positions on gun restrictions over the years. As they expressed shock and sorrow over the bloodshed at a Colorado movie theater, neither suggested that tougher gun control could make a difference, a notion that has faded from political debate.
“Romney signed a ban on assault weapons as Massachusetts governor. But as the presumptive Republican nominee, he now bills himself as the candidate who will protect gun owners’ rights.” — Yahoo News 7/21/12
“But over the past two decades, the type of Democrats who might have rushed to embrace new restrictions have been beaten in elections, worn down by the National Rifle Association and now stampede in the opposite direction.
“The gun control caucus in Congress is increasingly urban, liberal and shrinking.” — POLITICO 7/21/12
“In the wake of the horrific Aurora, Colo. shooting, one of the few vocal proponents of gun control in Congress this week plans to advance a bill to crack down on high-capacity ammunition clips.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will advance legislation this week to ban the sale of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition at a time … “
“The bill was introduced in March 2011 following the Tucson, Ariz. shooting spree that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It gained little support then and isn’t likely to go much further this time.” — Talking Points Memo 7/22/12