House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

WASHINGTON --- The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned. Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation's leading gun violence prevention groups, there was a "sense of hopeless" after a divided Congress tried --- and failed --- to change gun laws following the mass shooting of 20 young children and six adults at Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut. But a new generation of teen leaders "flipped" public sentiment after the shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flor...

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