Democrats Push for Gun Control, Republican Leader ‘Open’ to Suggestions

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., criticizes Republican lawmakers for being too tied to the NRA and the gun lobby, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., criticizes Republican lawmakers for being too tied to the NRA and the gun lobby, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

{VOA NEWS/CAPITOL HILL — Moments of silence rarely become moments of conflict.

As Congress returned from a weekend break, however, to the sickening news of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, common rallying points — moments of silence, classified briefings — instead became opportunities for partisan bickering and dysfunction over gun control legislation.

“Pass the bills,” some House Democrats chanted on the House floor Monday night, following a moment of silence in honor of the victims in Orlando.

On the Senate side of the Capitol Tuesday, the Republican majority leader said he would oppose measures proposed by Democrats but seemed to leave the door open to some change. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

 

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.