Dianne Feinstein

Witcover: Can common sense beat the NRA?

Witcover: Can common sense beat the NRA?

In the current firestorm over gun control sparked by the mass schoolroom shooting in Parkland, Fla., the pro-gun lobby peddles the notion that restoring the federal ban on sale of all assault weapons is a non-starter. As a diversion, the NRA and associates switch the debate to opposing much less effective measures like raising the age for purchase from 18 to 21, or joining President Trump in advocating the arming of teachers.

But the aggressive and committed pushback by Parkland student survivors and others of their generation presents an impressive and valid test of whether the one proposal that makes the most sense is or should be off the table.

The approaching students'...