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Gun control debate gathers little steam

Updated: 2013-09-18 07:50
By Chen Weihua ( China Daily)

Monday morning's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, in which 13 people, including the shooter, were killed, left two other major happenings of the day largely unnoticed as cable news networks went into overdrive to cover the rampage.

One was the long-awaited announcement by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that chemical weapons were used in Syria on Aug 21. The other was US President Barack Obama's address to the nation on the fifth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis.

Obama delayed his speech for about an hour as he was briefed about the shooting at the military facility in the capital.

Gun control debate gathers little steam