Following the Navy Yard shootings in Washington President Barack Obama has renewed his calls for Congress to overhaul America’s gun legislation.
Despite the national grief over the Newtown school shootings and now this, he lamented the fact that there had been such slow progress in winning the gun control argument.
“The fact that we do not have a firm enough background-check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings. Congress is going to have to act. We’ve put in place every executive action that I proposed right after Newtown happened. So I’ve taken steps that are within my control. The next phase now is for Congress to go ahead and move,” he said.
Congress’s first act was to hold a minute’s silence for the victims, yet it seems unlikely there is enough support there to make anything more than minor changes to the rules. Some accuse America’s mental health policies of being more to blame.
But initiatives may come from elsewhere. Starbucks, which only in August was granted a national “Appreciation Day” by gun rights activists for bucking the trend among many retailers and restaurants to ban weapons, says it would now prefer patrons to leave their guns at home when visiting one of its 7,000 cafes.