After Navy Shooting, Gun-Control Debate Rises Again
DC doctor: 'Put my trauma center out of business'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2013 1:26 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Yesterday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard has brought the issue of tougher gun laws back into DC's conversation, but Josh Gerstein at Politico sums up the problem for advocates with a basic question: "If the murder of 20 first-graders in their Connecticut grade school wasn’t enough to pass a bill, how likely is it the deaths of 12 adults at a Navy base change the result?" The political reality hasn't changed since Newtown, he notes: Just ask the two legislators in Colorado who got the boot in a recall election organized by gun rights' groups.

Still, some prominent Democrats are speaking out, reports the Hill. “When will enough be enough?” asked Dianne Feinstein. “Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country." But perhaps the most poignant plea is from Dr. Janis Orlowski of the Washington Medical Center, which treated some of yesterday's victims. From MSNBC:

  • "There's something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries," she said. "We have to work together to get rid of it. I'd like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots and not to be an expert on this. We are. We do it well. But quite frankly, I'd rather (my surgeons) be doing their surgery on other things."
As it did in the immediate aftermath of Newtown, the NRA is keeping a low profile, offering its condolences to the victims in a website message. Meanwhile, activists from Newtown were headed to Capitol Hill today as part of a previously scheduled trip to mark the nine-month anniversary of the shootings with a call for tougher background checks, notes AP.

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Sep 18, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
sorry people if a bunch of dead 1st graders won't get our congress to act on an out of control situation a bunch of government workers ain't going to do it... start investing in some Kevlar back packs for your kids... what part of well regulated do people not understand...
Sep 18, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
Limiting or restricting guns from law-abiding citizens is like taking cars away from sober people to prevent drunk driving.
Sep 17, 2013 9:55 PM CDT
the NRA has its members believing that the left is going to abolish gun ownership,,,,that is a lie, they are not,,,,to ignore the ongoing slaughter of gun massacres over the past decade is immoral,,,how many more deaths are we going to accept before some kind of purchasing safeguards with tru enforcement is enacted,,,,Democrats also belong to the NRA and own guns but are willing to engage to bring these safeguards about,,,,,the right wing paranoia must end,,,,nobody is taking your guns away,,,,