Alex Koppelman in The New Yorker on Joe Biden's gun talks Vice President Joe Biden and the gun advocates he spoke with yesterday with might not have known it at the time, but as they discussed ways to curb gun violence yet another school shooting was underway in Los Angeles. "It was a reminder of the reality looming over these task-force meetings, and whatever comes after them," writes Koppelman. "The Administration can fix parts of this problem on its own, but others require congressional action, and that’s a fight that will be hard for Democrats to win. But if Obama and Biden want to do more than just make small changes, if they want to make a real dent, they’ll have to."
Kimberley Strassel in The Wall Street Journal on gun control roadblocks Kimberley Strassel isn't so sure any significant reform can happen on gun control, considering today's Congressional landscape. She writes, "A few quick facts about that body. 1) More than half of its members have an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. 2) The few members today calling for gun control are the same few who have always called for gun control. 3) The House is run by Republicans." If lawmakers were to do anything on gun control, Strassel argues, they'd probably just maintain the status quo. It's one of the few issues that has bipartisan support, she finds.