Aurora, Mass Shootings and America's Gun Laws
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In the aftermath of the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, New York Mayor Bloomberg wants President Obama and candidate Mitt Romney to talk about gun violence. Could that possibly be a winning issue for either side? What's the history of gun control? Are multiple killings America's "new normal?" Also, Rupert Murdoch's former editors are charged in Britain's phone hacking scandal. On Reporters Notebook, is it too late for Bashar al-Assad?
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Murdoch's Former Editors Charged in Phone Hacking Scandal ()
British officials have ramped up the stakes in the phone hacking scandal involving officials in Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Criminal charges have been filed against Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, both of whom have close ties to Prime Minister David Cameron. There also could be implications here in the US. Andrew Edgecliff-Johnson is Media Editor for the Financial Times.
Can We Talk about Gun Control? ()
In 1929, American newspapers carried sensational pictures of crumpled, dead bodies — victims of Al Capone's St. Valentine's Day Massacre. President Franklin Roosevelt then persuaded Congress to restrict access to machineguns favored by gangsters. Since then, there've been many more multiple shootings, but the result has more often been sympathy, rather than action. In the aftermath of last week's mass shooting, even gun control advocates concede that new legislation is already dead on arrival. But Second Amendment purists aren't getting far either by insisting that the Aurora theater would have been safer if every moviegoer had carried a gun. Is there some way to safeguard the Second Amendment at the same time protecting against gun violence? Is a presidential election year the best time or the worst time to come to terms with a deadly menace and a divided electorate?
- Adam Winkler: University of California, Los Angeles, @adamwinkler
- Dan Gross: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, @bradybuzz
- Hubert Williams: National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
- Richard Feldman: Independent Firearm Owners Association
- David Sirota: Salon.com, @davidsirota
Could Syria's Dictator Still Flee? ()
Saddam Hussein was found in a spider hole. Moammar Gadhafi was gunned down by his own people. Bashar Assad was offered asylum from Syria by the new President of Tunisia, who told the BBC, "If the price of peace in Syria is to give a safe haven to this guy, why not?" But that was in March. Since then, no other leader has made a similar offer. That's according to Vivienne Walt in Time magazine.
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