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Skelton: Gun control debate should take cue from California

July 26, 2012 |  7:00 am

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Even in the wake of last week's movie theater shooting in Colorado, national politicians have been reluctant to talk about gun control.

In Thursday's column, George Skelton says the response from President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been completely inadequate.

"I don’t care about anyone’s thoughts and prayers," he writes. "I want to hear about solutions. And don’t tell me there aren’t any. That is not acceptable."

Skelton says that California's laws are a good starting point for the discussion. The suspect in the Colorado shooting had a 100-round magazine for his assault rifle, but California bans both assault rifles and magazines larger than 10 rounds.

“Quite frankly, if the U.S. had California’s laws we would be a safer place,” said Brian Malte, director of legislation for the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

You can find all of Skelton's columns here.


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Photo: Four Democratic members of Congress discuss gun control proposals on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Credit: Michael Reynolds / EPA