FROM Dan Gross
Aurora, Mass Shootings and America's Gun Laws 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 machine guns favored by gangsters. Since then, there have been many more multiple shootings, but the result has more often been sympathy, rather than action. 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?"
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?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.