The flurry of proposals for responding to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., have come from all quarters: the White House, members of Congress, advocacy organizations, religious leaders, governors and state and county legislators.
Specifics are hard to come by in some cases. But taken together, the suggestions for legislative and executive action foreshadow a broad political debate about assault weapons, ammunition, violent video games, shoot-em-up movies, gun shows, mental health services, and permits for concealed firearms. Much of the national discussion this week has focused on a comprehensive approach, rather than just new gun controls.
• Increase access to mental health services. Several religious groups have issued statements urging new laws or regulations, and some have been specific. B’nai B’rith International, a major Jewish organization, on Monday called for a new assault weapons ban. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a petition that it wants, among other things, better access to quality mental health care.