President Obama heads to Denver today, where he will continue his push for gun safety reform. Less than a week after speaking about the issue at a White House event, the President is expected to tout Colorado’s recently passed gun laws in order to pressure members of Congress to take similar action. The visit comes before a return trip to Connecticut next week, the location of December’s shooting massacre at Newtown and a state which is also on the cusp on enacting tough bipartisan gun legislation. The examples of places like Colorado, Connecticut and even New York are giving credence to the argument that states should decide the gun issue. As momentum continues to slow on Capitol Hill, states are moving to restrict the sale of certain weapons, require specific weapons registration, and limit access to semi-automatic weapons. But while the progress is commendable in the eyes of gun control proponents, there are drawbacks to letting states decide the issue. And while the NRA continues its efforts to undermine gun safety reform, the President and his supporters may not be able to afford leaving the issue to the states. We’ll preview the President’s latest push and discuss the gun debate when we see you at noon ET on msnbc.
Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post (@ryangrim)
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post/msnbc Policy Analyst (@ezraklein), joins the panel
Katty Kay, Anchor, BBC World News America (@kattykaybbc)
Ben LaBolt, Fmr. National Press Secretary, Obama Campaign (@benlabolt)
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-TX (@joaquincastrotx) joins as a guest
PJ Crowley, Fmr. Assistant Secretary of State/Fmr. State Dept. Spokesman (@pjcrowley) joins for the North Korea discussion