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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - John Hudak
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A motorcyclist was killed when his bike and a van collided on a northern New Jersey roadway.
The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a Maryland law requiring applicants to provide a "good and substantial reason" to carry a weapon in public — passing again on an opportunity to clarify the limitations of the Second Amendment.
After hitting an all-time high in December, background checks run through the FBI's national instant check system have declined year-over-year for the first time since October 2011 as fervor after December's Connecticut school shooting and the government's push for new gun controls appears to be waning.
On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the Connecticut school shooting, the White House and congressional leaders vowed to continue pushing for new gun controls — but the aftermath of recent mass shootings suggests such an effort is easier said than done.
Gun rights groups have singled out President Obama for failing to prosecute gun crimes, but the drop in cases filed actually began a decade ago under the Bush administration.
The administration is eyeing unilateral steps on gun control, but analysts said there are few things President Obama can do on his own because gun control is one area where Congress has jealously guarded its power to make the laws.
"The founders intended for government to address its problems, not to ignore them," Mr. Hudak said.
"I think this is a president who's out of options and very frustrated," said John Hudak, a specialist on presidential power at the Brookings Institution. "The idea that somehow this president or another president in his position could talk to the House in some way and find middle ground on a lot of these issues seems a bit of a stretch."