Good morning. Happy New Year, all.
Guns, guns, guns: The voices are growing louder. Tuesday, a group of Seattle mayors — one present and a few former — the King County executive and some local businesses joined forces to announce a gun buyback program aimed at offering a small reward for guns people no longer want. Is this the answer to gun control? Few say that it is, but the program is touted as an effort to do something. From former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Vice President Joe Biden, people are talking about some sort of gun control. How much? What steps specifically? That’s all much more complicated.
But today — Wednesday at noon — readers have a chance to join the discussion about gun laws and gun control. Join our live chat with state Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, Phil Watson of the Second Amendment Foundation and Times reporter Brian M. Rosenthal. Please feel free to submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be a lively discussion.
Jostling for position. Newly minted U.S. Rep. Denny Heck — he of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District — has been named to the House Financial Services Committee, which handles all kinds of stuff like banking matters, Wall Street reform and consumer protection. Anyhow, Heck first was tapped for the House Budget Committee, but because financial services is such a broad task, members cannot serve on other committees. Goodbye budget, hello, financial services.
Congress’ less popular than cockroaches: OMG, as the kids say. A new poll shows Congress is really unpopular. You pretty much knew that. But maybe you didn’t know that the public likes a lot of icky things, such as cockroaches and traffic jams, more than Congress.
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