90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
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.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

March 30 38 Comments

Sen. Warren: Not Interested In Reid's Job And Still Not Running For President

Elizabeth Warren insists she has no plans to jump into the 2016 race. She joins us to discuss her current political goals.

March 30 7 Comments

Unveiling The Pain Of Secondary Trauma Victims

Mac McClelland was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing another woman's horror at being brutally assaulted. She joins us to explain why she didn't believe the diagnosis, at first.

March 27 Comment

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

Alissa Quart's first book of poetry is both personal and universal - inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

March 27 11 Comments

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It’s Full Of Horror Movies

"Silent Night, Deadly Night," "Stripped to Kill" and "The Last Slumber Party" – all from the 80s – are a few of the titles.