Gun control

Pete Buttigieg on the issues, in under 500 words

Pete Buttigieg.
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If elected, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana — would be the youngest U.S. president ever. He also would be the first openly gay president in the nation's history.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam calls for special legislative session on gun control

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Mourners at the Virginia Beach tribute site. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that the state's legislature will begin a special session this summer on gun control, AP reports.

The big picture: Northam, a Democrat, said he wants the state to focus on "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers," forcing members of the Republican-controlled legislature to go on the record on the issue. The decision comes days after 12 people died in a mass shooting in Virginia Beach.