The U.S. Senate backed away from gun controls the past week, probably killing any chances for another attempt, and certainly delaying any more action on the issue in this session. Even with a major effort by the White House for controls, senators bowed to pressure from gun advocates and the National Rifle Association and rejected proposed controls.
Gun advocates have never been more vocal against controls, even with the national emotional response for controls after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that motivated renewed efforts for controls. The Senate voted down a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for gun buyers, a ban on assault weapons and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines. Senators also said no to Republican proposals to expand permission to carry concealed weapons and to focus law enforcement efforts on prosecuting gun crimes.
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