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The American flag flies at half-staff in front of the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington on Monday. The Newtown massacre has revitalized gun control efforts in Congress. (Reuters / December 17, 2012)

President Obama vowed Monday to use the power of his office to stop mass shootings, but was hazy on specifics. Will he? Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut called for the restoration of the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California vowed to introduce a bill doing just that in 2013. Will this happen? Just over half of Americans polled support banning semiautomatic handguns. And a majority support a nationwide ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. But Congress has not followed suit with legislation. Will the Newtown massacre change lawmakers’ minds? What’s your view?

NEWS AND VIEWS

Durbin: Assault weapons ban more likely in wake of Newtown school shootings
The Hill, Dec. 16

As Weapons Ban Movement Grows, Some Perspective Is In Order
Dan Haar column, Hartford Courant, Dec. 17


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Banning 'Assault Weapons' Is Not the Answer
National Review Online, Dec. 17

NRA-endorsed Sen. Joe Manchin calls for assault weapons ban
MSNBC, Dec. 17

Would an assault weapons ban work?
Wonkblog,
Washington Post, Dec. 17

George Will: Tougher gun laws, assault weapons ban won’t help
The Daily Caller, Dec. 16