What's The Answer to the Oregon Massacre?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here we go again.Last week's mass-shooting at an Oregon college revives the divisive issue of what to do about gun violence in the United States. There's a lot of debate about changing gun laws. But will new laws make a difference?The Presidential candidates are weighing in on the campaign trail what they'd do about gun prevention violence if elected.But on Capitol Hill, gridlock. There are currently 85 gun laws languishing in Congress from gun storage and closing loopholes at gun shows to gun tracing. Most have been referred to committees and gone nowhere."Unfortunately, congress isn't doing the job they need to do right now," says Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. "So really in many ways, it falls to the states."Horwitz says the country needs to find a way to stop guns from getting into the hands of troubled citizens. Some states are looking at a strategy known as The Gun Violence Restraining Order. "California just passed a law allowing family members and police to temporarily remove a firearm from someone who can be at risk of dangerousness. The idea of taking guns from people who need mental help, but allowing others to keep their guns crosses political lines."You're not going to handle it with more gun control," says Presidential Candidate Ben Carson. "Gun control only works for normal, law-abiding citizens. It doesn't work for crazies."Rep. Mac Thornberry ( R ) Texas says, "If you look at any of the recent events and ask 'would a new federal law restricting the right to keep and bear arms have prevented it?' the answer is always no."Joshua Horwitz says his goal is not to trample upon the 2nd amendment. But he says what's difficult is action in Washington. "The federal government right now is sort of broken on this and the only way we're going to get better policies in Washington is to change the politicians."