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Gun reform likely won't be result of shooting

Posted: 10:10 PM, Dec 03, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-04 04:10:09Z

GREEN BAY, WI -- With gun violence flooding the airwaves again, lawmakers on both sides are pushing for change that will prevent the next mass shooting.

 

But will that change come in the form of gun control?

 
In the wake of these latest fatal shootings, lawmakers seem more willing to take a "step by step" approach with gun reform. 
 
But Republican lawmakers, in particular, say guns aren't the real problem, and reform isn't the best answer.
 
As we learn the names of the 14 victims in San Bernardino, tonight, Democratic lawmakers, backed by President Obama, are once again pushing for gun control provisions in the senate today.
 
"[To] make it harder--not impossible--but harder for individuals to get access to weapons," says Obama, during a news conference.
 
But two proposals--one blocking people on the government "no-fly" list from buying guns, and another to tighten the background-check system--were blocked along party lines. 
 
"The last thing we want to do is rush to judgment to 'do something,' and then not actually solve anything," says Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
 
"These tragedies are being caused by multiple reasons," says U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI].
 
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, who voted no on both proposals says he wants to see a bill addressing issues, like mental health, and Islamic extremism.
 
"That will actually address the problem," says Sen. Johnson, "as opposed to just passing a bill that potentially reduces our freedoms, infringes on our rights, and doesn't really solve the problem."
 
"Gun laws entail values, and when values are involved, politics becomes involved," says UW-Green Bay Asst. Professor of Political Science Aaron Weinschenk.
 
Weinschenk warns this latest shooting will likely be more of a campaign rally than a call for change. 
 
The blame falls on our shoulders, as well, say analysts. 
 
They say the general public is too easily distracted by the next big issue to keep pressuring lawmakers for real change.