Congressman’s shooting first test for Trump-era gun debate

Investigators confer before looking for evidence around the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., that was the scene of a shooting involving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., and others, during Congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP / Alex Brandon)

By Steve Peoples and Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press, June 15, 2017 

WASHINGTON — On the day that gunfire shattered the morning calm of suburban Washington, dozens of family members of those killed by past gun violence had gathered in the capital to lobby against Republican-backed legislation to make it easier to buy gun silencers.

The lobbying effort and a related hearing were cancelled in the aftermath of the shooting. But gun control advocates aren’t going far.

They’re plodding ahead, hopeful for action but pragmatic enough to know that the latest shooting doesn’t dramatically alter the dynamics of their uphill battle.

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