Congressional backing grows for gun debate
WASHINGTON – Congressional gun rights supporters showed an increased willingness Tuesday to consider new legislation to control firearms in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings – provided it also addresses mental health issues and the impact of violent video games.
A former co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and 10-term House Republican Jack Kingston – a Georgia lawmaker elected with strong National Rifle Association backing – were the latest to join the call to consider gun control as part of a comprehensive, anti-violence effort next year.
“Put guns on the table, also put video games on the table, put mental health on the table,” Kingston said.
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