Democratic House members demand gun control vote

Found here: msnbc.com by Ned Resnikoff

A woman walks past a memorial for those killed in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 24, 2012. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty

A woman walks past a memorial for those killed in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 24, 2012. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty

Gun control, long a dormant issue in American politics, surged to the forefront of the Democratic agenda following December 2012’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Yet in the following months, as bill after bill failed to pass through Congress, the renewed push for gun control once again subsided – until now.

One hundred sixty-three House Democrats – over 80% of the entire caucus – signed onto an open letter [PDF] Thursday addressed to Republican House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he allow “a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence.” The timing of the letter suggests that Democrats are prepared to make gun control in an issue in the 2014 midterm elections, despite evenly divided public opinion and staunch opposition from the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA).

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