White House devoted to sweeping gun control despite ‘progress’ on violence – The White House on Tuesday is touting a progress report on President Obama’s pledge to combat gun violence, in the wake of December’s school shooting, that says the administration has “completed or made significant progress” on 21 of 23 executive actions Mr. Obama laid out in January.  But the report also urges Congress to act after legislation to expand gun-purchase background checks failed in the Senate in April, saying that “[p]assing common-sense gun safety legislation, including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, remains the single most important step we could take to reduce gun violence.”