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After Navy Yard shooting, no appetite for gun control in Washington



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The push for the Brady Bill, which required a five-day waiting period to buy handguns, began in 1987 but took seven years, six votes and three sessions of Congress to pass.

"In recent years we’ve experienced mass shootings in a supermarket parking lot, an Army base, a movie theater, a temple, shopping malls, universities, high schools, elementary schools, and now a naval facility, and after every one the corporate gun lobby’s friends in Congress obstructed the will of the American people and stood in the way of sensible solutions to gun violence," says Dan Gross, the executive director of the Brady Campaign. "Americans deserve better than this."

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President Barack Obama on Saturday told a gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus that the push to close loopholes and enhance gun-control measures isn’t over.

"We fought a good fight earlier this year, but we came up short," Obama said. "And that means we’ve got to get back up and go back at it. Because as long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, then we’ve got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children."

tburr@sltrib.com




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