Obama talks about gun control again, but Congress seems unlikely to act
POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 8:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — It's now been one week since a gunman shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.
President Obama once again called for stricter gun laws during a memorial service yesterday for the victims.
We're hearing the same arguments- about guns made just nine months ago after the Newtown shooting once again, but this time congress appears less likely to act on the issue.
One week after the Washington navy yard shooting, lawmakers say a renewed gun debate on capitol hill remains unlikely.
"There has to be people willing to move off the position they've taken. They've got to come to that conclusion themselves," said Senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia.
Even as congress lacks an appetite for the debate, polls show most Americans support reforms like universal background checks.
During a memorial for the Navy Yard victims yesterday, President Obama, urged Americans not to get complacent about gun violence.
"Sometimes I fear there's a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal. We can't accept this," said President Barack Obama.
The leader of the national rifle association is once again pushing back, calling for heightened security, not stricter laws.
"The problem is there weren't enough good guys with guns. When the good guys with guns got there, it stopped," said NRA, Executive VP & CEO, Wayne LaPierre.
Sandy Phillips' daughter was shot in Aurora.
She says more guns aren't the answer. "More guns, more people that may be triggered by violence, predisposition to it anyway, just muddies the issue," said Phillips.
Gun reform advocates aren't backing away from the gun issue, even if it takes years.