Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→
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This post originally appeared on NBCLatino.
All politics is local, and if there’s one issue area that brings this home, it’s guns. Yes, we have seen President Obama and several congressional leaders pledge to move forward with tighter gun control while the National Rifle Association (NRA) in its statement today will pledge to advocate for the rights of gun owners. But most of the real action, when it comes to guns and firearm violence, takes place in our state capitals and in some instances our city councils.
Our elected leaders in Washington D.C. may be able to push or halt an assault weapons ban and/or limits to ammunition. Such federal level legislation would be consequential for all Americans. However, the real devil is in the details when it comes to gun control. And that devil deals with how federal level gun laws are enforced.
Let’s just suppose that the assault weapons ban is passed. The scope of American gun rights is still vast, at least in comparison to the rest of the world, and how those rights are regulated on a day-to-day basis are decided in Austin, Tallahassee, and our 48 other state capitals. (more…)