In the final days of his congressional career, Massachusetts's Barney Frank predicts that at least some Republicans will have the courage to join with Democrats in pursuing new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown mass murder. read more
Many Democrats who've joined PoliticsNation this week have argued that the Newtown shootings have caused a fundamental shift in the direction of gun control in this country. The big question is whether or not enough Republicans can be swayed to get something done.
Since Friday's Newtown shootings, Republicans and prominent conservatives have joined the national debate on how to prevent this from happening again. Of course, almost no elected Republicans have been willing to discuss gun control. Still, some ideas have been relatively reasonable—ensuring better access to mental health services, for instance, or examining the role of video games and movies in creating a culture of violence.
But others have been, um, less so. Here's a quick rundown of some of the more interesting ideas put forward by the right:
Put God back in schools read more
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says the shootings in his home state have created a "tectonic movement politically" that will help get meaningful new gun laws passed in Congress.
"I'm confident that we are in a different era when it comes to gun violence prevention," he said on PoliticsNation. "This slaughter of children, really of babies, was so brutal, and so inhumane, horrible, unspeakable, unimaginable until it occurred... that I think it has elicited a different kind of response from the more moderate and thoughtful of Republicans or Democrats." read more
Democrats are calling for stricter gun laws, and the White House says the president is “actively supportive” of efforts to reinstate an assault weapons ban. But some Republicans are saying gun control should not be the only response to Friday’s tragedy... watch
The NRA removed their Facebook page, but continued an online show called “NRA News” that featured conservatives calling to insist that new gun laws won’t happen. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., weighs in on Democrats’ ability to pass meaningful gun... watch
Two more of the youngest victims of the shooting, James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos, were laid to rest Tuesday. Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Rev. Boise Kimber about how we can work together to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again. watch
Some Republicans indicate their party needs a makeover, yet the list for next year’s major conservative conference CPAC has many familiar faces, like Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball and Steve Kornacki join Rev. Al Sharpton. watch
The nation's most famous gun rights organization has made headlines for its silence in the aftermath of the tragic Newtown, Conn., shootings that left 20 children and 7 adults dead. The National Rifle Association unpublished it's Facebook page and ceased communication on twitter, and even refused to respond to media requests. But while the organization has been publicly silent, it has quietly continued to communicate with some of its most die-hard supporters via the NRA News, which broadcasts online. read more
The Detroit News reported Tuesday that Michigan Governor Snyder will veto the gun bill that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones including schools and churches:
The bill allowing highly trained gun owners to carry concealed weapons inside public schools was delivered to Snyder's desk Tuesday.
"He's not going to sign it," Green told The Detroit News.
After Allen West's loss in the 2012 election, the GOP was set to have only one African American congressman in their ranks. With South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's decision to appoint Rep. Tim Scott to the Senate seat vacated by tea party favorite Jim Demint, Scott will now become the only African American Senator from either party and the first from the South in modern history. A closer look at his track record in the state legislature and House of Representatives shows he might become one of the most conservative new members of the Senate as well. read more
Democrats in Congress say they will no longer be passive about gun control. "For one, I'm not going to be lulled into this acquiescence that we can't do anything else. We're going to do something." says Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky. read more