Despite recent massacres, members of Congress are increasingly reluctant to vote for gun control. President Obama and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg are trying to increase public pressure. Where do the owners of 300 million weapons really stand? Would different proposals—and a new kind of appeal--make them join the calls for action? Also, ratcheting up the rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula. On Reporter's Notebook, what happens to the buildings after cities shut down public schools?Banner image: Twenty-seven wooden angels are seen placed in a wooded area beside a road near the Sandy Hook Elementary School for the victims of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 16, 2012. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters
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Public schools have been closing in major American cities — New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oakland, and most recently in Chicago, where parents and teachers took to the streets. School closings are especially problematic in poor neighborhoods, forcing kids to travel further and often to cross gang territory where they can be exposed to danger. What happens to the buildings after cities shut down public schools? Emily Dowdall, a researcher with the Pew Charitable Trusts, is trying to get to the bottom of all this.
Emily Dowdall, Pew Charitable Trusts
President Obama and the New York Mayor Bloomberg are coordinating the effort to enact some form of gun control before the Sandy Hook massacre is forgotten. Bloomberg is trying to rekindle it with $12 million in TV spots in 13 states. Yesterday, the President took part in a so-called "Day of Action." But are they forgetting some major players: the people who actually own 300 million guns that will never be confiscated and never decay? The NRA has the loudest voice in opposition to gun control, but only four percent of gun owners belong. What about those who oppose "control" but care about safety? Are there ways to bring them on board and create a consensus?
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico (@IsaacDovere)
Cliff Schecter, Libertas (@cliffschecter)
Dan Baum, journalist and author (@danielsbaum)
Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant (@davealtimari)
Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times (@theCindyCarcamo)
Joel Dvoskin, University of Arizona Medical School