Death In Las Vegas, Denial In Congress
Death in Las Vegas, denial in Congress
Since the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 Americans and wounded over 500 more, I’ve been thinking a great deal about turning points, moments when if we had summoned the collective national courage to do the right thing, history would have been different.
In 2004, when I was just in my second term in the U.S. House, I witnessed just such a moment, when a majority of my congressional colleagues, who clearly feared the National Rifle Association more than they cared for their constituents safety, allowed the assault weapons ban to expire.
That shameful failure of leadership has …