Senate Blocks Drive for Gun Control

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Weisman, J. (2013). Senate Blocks Drive for Gun Control. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/us/politics/senate-obama-gun-control.html?_r=1&

Jonathan Weisman, author of the article, studied journalism and African History at Northwestern University. Weisman’s professional career includes time at Education Week, CQ, USA Today, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal where he did most of his work covering politics and the White House. Today he is a congressional correspondent for the New York Times, where he reports on issues that take place in Congress. He lives in Washington DC with Wife, Susan and two small children.

In this paper I will summarize the article and give an analysis of the topic of gun control and the decision the senate was faced with to either expand it or leave the current amendment in place. Article Summary

Weisman reports on the senate’s decision to block several methods to expand gun control. In the wake of the violent shooting that left 20 children dead in Newtown Connecticut, The Senate was challenged with the decision to increase gun control in order to help prevent this tragedy from ever happening again. 90 percent of Americans want gun control however, “A bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines all failed to get the 60 votes needed under an agreement between both parties”,(Weisman 2013 para 2). Survivors and those affected by those who were harmed by gun violence were appalled at the decision made by the senate. President Obama also commented on the decision by the senate calling the day “a pretty shameful day for Washington”. Those who opposed gun control said they chose not to base their decisions off passion, despite the fact the victims and family of victims...
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