By GINGER GIBSON
The task force established by House Democrats to explore gun legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting called Thursday for renewing the assault weapons ban, outlawing high-capacity magazines, stricter federal penalties for gun trafficking, and requiring universal background checks.
The 15-point proposal includes most of the legislation that is already being discussed in Congress. It also suggests addressing the “glorification of violence seen and heard though our movie screens, television shows, music and video games,” an issue that has seen minimal attention as Congress begins to weigh mental health and gun legislation.
“Congress should fund scientific research on the relationship between popular culture and gun violence, while ensuring that parents have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about what their families watch, listen to, and play,” the report recommends.
The task force was headed by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), an NRA member who also focused heavily on protecting the Second Amendment in his principles.
The results of the task force is unlikely to have any real effect on the gun debate. House Republicans have expressed little interest in passing increased limits on firearms. And House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will wait to see what is passed in the Senate.