Have Mass Shootings Become the 'New Normal?'
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Somebody shot up a pickup basketball game in Chicago last night. Nobody was killed, but 13 were injured. On Monday, 13 people died in the shooting at Washington's Navy Yard. Will there be action? Or, are multiple shootings coming to be accepted as part of America's routine? Also, the House passes a bill defunding Obamacare, setting the stage for a showdown, and the new Pope wants a new direction for the Roman Catholic Church.
Banner image: Tanya Burch (L), from Chicago, wipes away tears and holds a picture of her son Deontae Smith as Shundra Robinson (2nd R), also of Chicago, talks about the shooting death of her son Deno Wooldridge at a news conference with family members of gun violence victims at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, September 18, 2013. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
House Passes Bill Defunding Obamacare, Sets Stage for Showdown ()
The Republican Congress today passed a bill funding continued government spending — but not for Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner explained, "Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shutdown, and they don't want Obamacare." Jake Sherman is Congressional reporter for Politico.
Have Mass Shootings Become the 'New Normal?' ()
After 13 people were gunned down in Washington's Navy Yard Monday, the White House and Congress took a moment to mourn and went back to business. One Washington Post headline read: "RIP" (Rest in Peace) "for gun control." Gun control advocates predicted big change after the school slaughter in Newtown, Connecticut, but Congress did nothing. And, last week, two Colorado lawmakers were recalled for supporting background checks for gun buyers and limited magazines. Gun rights advocates say there'd be less killing if more people were armed to defend themselves. Is it time to decide what kind of country America wants to be?
- Tom Diaz: gun policy analyst, @agknowitall
- Shannon Watts: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, @MomsDemand
- John Morse: Colorado State Senate, @SenJohnMorse
- Adam Winkler: University of California, Los Angeles, @adamwinkler
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The Liberal Pope? ()
Pope Francis has stunned the laity and clerical leaders by saying that the Roman Catholic Church is "obsessed" by abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception. But church doctrine remains the same. The Pope made his remarks in an extensive interview published by 16 Jesuit journals around the world -- with his editorial approval. Stephen Schneck is Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America.
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