Whose afraid of the NRA?–except some Baby Congressmen and Senators (who ignore their constituency?


Hi there,

There’s reason to believe the tide is turning in the gun debate. A new poll from USA Today shows healthy majorities of Americans want tougher gun laws: 63% support banning semi-automatic weapons ( such as the AR-15) and 76% support barring gun purchases by people who have been treated for mental illness. These numbers are in line with Gallup’s polling, which says 60% support tighter gun control, a 13% increase since 2015. Even corporate America is expressing its concern. As ATTN: covered this past week, several major brands discontinued partnerships with the NRA in the wake of the Florida shooting.

Of course, public opinion means nothing without the action of elected officials. But there are signs of change here, too. Oregon just banned domestic abusers from buying guns, closing the “boyfriend loophole.” In Florida, conservative Republicans such as Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott are defying the NRA and supporting laws that would raise the minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21. While that would be a small change, the fact that it’s supported by two prominent Republicans — despite the NRA’s position — is significant. There’s no guarantee these trends will amount to true reform, but the potential for change looks much more promising today than it has in a long time.

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Thanks,
The ATTN: Team

 

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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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