by Jules Witcover
As a consensus has slowly built that
But after sending Vice President Joe Biden out to build a comprehensive package of proposals running the gamut from ban on assault weapons, multi-bullet magazines and cartridges to a range of other responses to reduce gun violence, the president merely urged
Instead of using the major bully pulpit available to him -- a prime-time televised address demanding a head-on solution to America's most conspicuous sickness -- Obama settled at first for telling
In a meek concession to the advocates of the ban, led by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, Reid has said an attempt to amend the bill will be allowed.
In the face of this leadership halfway house, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York has launched a personal crusade against the
Bloomberg appeared last Sunday on "Meet the Press," arguing that even if the assault-weapons ban lost, he was making a strong try for it. He claimed wide public support in the polls for it while also pushing for the other gun-control measures. "If 90 percent of the public want something, and their representatives vote against that," he said, "common sense says they're going to pay a price for that."
Appearing on the same show immediately following Bloomberg's pitch was chief NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre. His organization has a long and successful record of financial support to congressional backers of its pro-guns agenda, and intimidation of its critics.
"He can't spend enough of his
But the rich and influential Bloomberg so far is waging a more pointed and expansive war on the NRA and the nation's gun culture than is the man in the
Not since that national tragedy nearly half a century ago has the country been as shocked by domestic gun violence as it was in the gunning down of 20 school children in Newtown. But LBJ did not ask
President Obama should do no less now in the fight against gun violence, regardless of Harry Reid's grim reading of the prospects of restoring the assault weapons ban in the
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