AirTalk for April 18, 2013

What’s next for gun control?

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US President Barack Obama is accompanied by former lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords (L), vice president Joe Biden (R) and family members of Newtown school shooting victims as he speaks on gun control at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2013.

When the Manchin-Toomey bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed to make it through the Senate yesterday, gun control advocates were left angry and frustrated and wondering where to go from here. The vote on the amendment fell six votes short of passing with a final tally of 54 to 46.

President Obama gave an impassioned speech from the Rose Garden, calling it a "shameful" day in Washington. Emotions on both sides of the aisle are running high as negative ads and name calling are taking the place of reasoned dialogue.

Do gun control advocates have a new strategy to move forward? How can both sides tone down the rhetoric in order to come to an agreement?

Guests:
Adam Winkler, law professor at UCLA and author of "Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America" (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)

Roger Pilon, Director of the CATO institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies


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