Despite President Obama's call for reform, the prospects for addressing the undocumented immigration situation remain as dismal as ever. In the meantime, the problem has been complicated by a new development involving massive numbers of Central American children who have crossed the border and surrendered to American authorities. See Immigration Summary
A new chapter has begun in the long simmering Israel-Palestine hostilities with Israeli military action in Gaza See Israel-Palestine Summary
The acceptance of gay marriage continues. A plurality of Americans are comfortable with the concept and its legal status has broadened within the U.S. and the world. See Sexuality Summary
Colorado has become the first American state to fully legalize marijuana. See Drug Policy Summary
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