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Newsbatch Updates

The Obama Administration has called for legislation to address the massive illegal immigration which has occurred in the past two decades. See Immigration Summary

The crisis involving North Korea has extended for more than two decades and has been a virtual see-saw involving threats by North Korea, angered responses and sanctions from the U.S. and the international community followed by indications of appeasement and a desire for a negotiated settlement from North Korea. See Summary on North Korea

The gun control controversy has resurfaced in the aftermath of two recent indiscriminate deadly shootings involving automatic weapons. In July 2012 a crazed gunman opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theatre, killing 12. An even more horrific incident occurred in December 2012 when a mentally ill young man attacked a school in Connecticut, killing 26 people including 20 kindergarten children. In the wake of these incidents there has been a renewed call for an assault weapon ban, restricting access of mentally ill persons to such weaponry, and universal background checks. It remains to be seen whether these proposals will be enacted at the federal level as all gun control efforts have been fiercely opposed by organized gun owners. See Summary on Gun Control