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William Cassidy

Q&A: Gun control prospects in GOP-run Congress remain remote

Another mass shooting, another appearance by a stricken-looking President Barack Obama expressing anguish and frustration over congressional inaction on gun control laws.

And in a now-familiar pattern, coupled with that — no sign that the chances for new firearms restrictions emerging soon from Congress are anything but remote. Why that remains true, even after Thursday's shootings at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, that left at least nine dead:

Q: Are there any signs that congressional resistance to tightening gun laws is receding?

A: No. Most Democrats favor making it harder for people to purchase firearms while most Republicans oppose that idea. With...