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A deadly shooting in the heart of the nation’s capital has reignited talk about guns, but it’s uncertain whether the tragedy will revive a legislative debate that has gone cold in the face of opposition from Second Amendment supporters.
The case for increased gun control has become increasingly difficult, evidenced by the National Rifle Association-backed recall of two Colorado legislators who supported stricter laws and President Barack Obama’s powerlessness to pass his legislation.
As Senate office buildings were closed Monday following the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, lawmakers from both sides of the debate offered sympathy for the victims. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a leading advocate for tougher gun control in the Senate, issued a call to action to stop ‘‘the litany of massacres.’’
‘‘When will enough be enough?’’ the California Democrat said in a written statement. ‘‘Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country.’’
Obama mourned the victims while speaking at the White House.
‘‘We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital,’’ Obama said. ‘‘It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women are patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.’’