Because one thing won't change: the gun industry won't allow restrictions.
Back in 2009, Connecticut legislators made an earnest effort to pass a bill that would -- at least -- require that guns be manufactured with markers that would make them easier to trace. No way, said the gun industry.
One after another, they testified that the technology, called microstamping, was flawed and would increase the cost of guns.
But the witness who commanded the most attention in Hartford that day in 2009 was a representative of one of Connecticut’s major employers: the Colt Manufacturing Company, the gun maker.
The Colt executive, Carlton S. Chen, said the company would seriously consider leaving the state if the bill became law. “You would think that the Connecticut government would be in support of our industry,” Mr. Chen said.
Soon, Connecticut lawmakers shelved the bill; they have declined to take it up since. ...NYT
At state level, no less than at federal level, corporate support is too important to legislators' jobs and pockets.
Now that Connecticut has seen the latest and most vicious and shocking example of mass killing by firearms, the state's legislature will try again.
Hello-o-o, CT! The UAW -- the union that (oddly?) represents labor in the gun industry -- opposes any restrictions as does the entire industry, not to mention the reactionary gun nuts who reside in every state.
Colt Manufacturing expresses dismay at the unimagineable losses in Sandy Hook, etc., etc. But, sheesh! Give up a lucrative business just because it's costing so many lives? Not a chance.
Important reminder: It's essential for those of us who want to put some kind of effective gun control measures in place nationally that we read and reread the first-rate, comprehensive, and scary investigative reports -- "The Hidden Life of Guns" -- put together by Washington Post researchers and reporters back in late 2010. On the one hand, it shows how difficult it will be to deal with all the pressure and influence on politicians that makes them back off from controls. On the other hand, it gives all of us the tools we need to pressure Congress. And, of course, it's one helluva story. It's laid out, gripping chapter by gripping chapter here -- with, of course, illustrations. Please read it.