Grief over the Virginia Tech massacre is re-energizing gun control advocates like Rep. Carolyn Murphy, whose husband was shot dead in 1996. "For too long, Congress has stood idle while gun violence continues to take its toll," she said yesterday. But most Dems have studiously avoided the hot-button issue, which the party sees as political suicide.
Not one of the front-running Democratic candidates for president has touched the topic, even as the Republican triumvirate tripped over each other to reaffirm that they don't want new gun laws. Some think gun control will emerge as a major campaign issue as the effect of the shootings sink in.