Why the Gun Lobby Defeated Background Checks

By: Monday April 29, 2013 7:03 am

Two-thirds of the country wanted the Senate to approve the gun background checks amendment, which failed to get 60 votes last week. From Gallup: This poll shows two things. First, the insane rules of the Senate continue to undermine democracy. Only in America can something with 65 percent support and the votes of 55 percent [...]

Gun Control Group Should Target Dems That Voted for Reform Not Against it

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 7:04 am

Some gun control groups are thinking about targeting the four Democrats who voted against Toomey-Manchin background amendment. Sadly this move would just plays into the myth that is ruining democratic accountability in our country. It not only completely ignores the real problem, but makes it much worse. The simple fact is even if every Senate Democrat [...]

Reid Can Give Sandy Hook Victims a Vote on Gun Control

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:26 am

After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) said he would join a filibuster against proposed gun control legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) blasted Republicans for their obstructionism. Reid called it unconscionable not to allow a vote on the issue.  From ABC: “Senate Republicans seem afraid to even engage in this debate,” Reid said [...]

Quinnipiac: Support for Gun Control Remains Strong

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 7:31 am

Support for stricter gun control remains constant according to a new Quinnipiac poll. It found 53 percent of Americans would support stricter gun control laws, while only 43 percent would oppose this change. The level of support for stricter gun control was effectively unchanged over the past few months. Quinnipiac’s poll from March and February [...]

The Moment for Gun Control Reform Is Slipping Away

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 8:58 am

Democrats may have waited too long to move forward with gun control legislation, resulting in a loss of public momentum. Support for stricter gun control spiked right after the Sandy Hook shooting, but since then it has dropped significantly. From CBS News: Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down [...]

Nearly Every Voter Supports Universal Gun Background Checks

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 8:20 am

To say that support for universal background checks for gun sales is overwhelming would be an understatement. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that almost every registered voter backs the policy change. According to the poll, 92 percent of voters nationwide support background checks for all gun buyers, only 7 percent oppose background checks. I cannot [...]

Gun Control and the Problem of Obama Taking Ownership of Ideas

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 9:08 am

Recently Gallup released two sets of polls on gun control which highlight why it will be very difficult for President Obama to achieve anything legislative over the next two years. When asked individually about the gun reform ideas Obama recently endorsed Gallup found all the proposals had majority support. From Gallup: Yet last week when [...]

Obama’s Gun Control Proposals are Highly Polarized

By: Monday January 21, 2013 6:31 am

The good news for President Obama is that his package of gun control proposals are relatively popular. Gallup found that 53 percent of Americans are for them and 41 percent are against them. The problem is that now that these are the “Obama’s gun control proposals,” they have become highly polarized. From Gallup: Regular Republicans [...]

Obama Mostly Ignored Movies and Video Games in Gun Address

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 12:15 pm

One of the aspects about President Obama’s address on guns that I don’t feel got much attention is what he didn’t say. For the most part Obama didn’t talk about violent movies, TV show,s or video games. The single reference in his entire speech to violent media was a call for some funding to study [...]

The Freedom of No Plausible Bipartisan Agenda

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 7:54 am

It is worth pointing out the irony that the Republican Party’s behavior over the past four years probably played a big role in President Obama’s decision to make a big push for gun control. One of the overriding goals of Obama seems to have been accomplishing big pieces of legislation in a “bipartisan” way. Obama [...]