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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lawmakers Ready For Gun Control Debate

President Barack Obama urges Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence, Thursday, March 28, 2013, while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama urges Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence, Thursday, March 28, 2013, while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP/Susan Walsh)

President Obama visits a Colorado police academy on Wednesday and next week he’ll travel back to Connecticut to make what’s expected to be another emotional pitch for gun control legislation.

Next week Congress returns to Washington, where heated debate and a vote on gun control are expected. But will there be any significant changes to federal gun laws?

Unlikely, says Paul Barrett, author of “Glock: The Rise Of America’s Guns.” Barrett says President Obama isn’t serious about gun control, poll numbers showing support for stricter gun laws don’t matter and the gun debate in Congress will once again get bogged down in debate over record-keeping for expanded gun sale background checks.

Barrett writes “stricter background checks are a start, but better care for the mentally ill will be more effective at reducing the number of shooting sprees.”

He also says that law enforcement should focus on enforcing restrictions intended to keep guns out of the hands of ordinary criminals.

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