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Like President Obama, Rahm Emanuel pivots on gun control

Published: January 13, 2013
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Source: The Hill

Rahm Emanuel, who put the brakes on gun control in the Obama White House, is now pushing for broad changes to firearm policies in Chicago.

Like President Obama, the Chicago mayor has long embraced gun-control policies, but at times has worked behind the scenes to thwart the movement.

As Obama moves to pass new legislation to reduce gun violence after a shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Emanuel wants to strengthen Chicago’s gun laws to address an alarming increase in homicides.

In late December, Chicago attracted national attention when law-enforcement officials confirmed the city’s 500th homicide in 2012.

Emanuel has previously pushed new gun restriction laws and resisted them as well. When Emanuel served in the Clinton White House, he helped pass the assault weapons ban.

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