Greg Sargent pieces together a very interesting new development in the response to Aurora and Sandy Hook -- and a long history of violent and murderous gun sprees in the US.
This time the president and other political and moral leaders will try to put the NRA out of business -- certainly figuratively and possibly literally. The NRA is very popular with some -- but not among the larger American public.
In the Washington Post today, Sargent has this update:
... Perhaps the most important news of the morning is that Gabrielle Giffords is unveiling a new national effort to push for sensible gun reforms in the wake of the Newtown shooting, with the explicit purpose of counterbalancing the NRA’s influence over Congress:
"Americans for Responsible Solutions, which we are launching today, will invite people from around the country to join a national conversation about gun violence prevention, will raise the funds necessary to balance the influence of the gun lobby, and will line up squarely behind leaders who will stand up for what’s right."
If the coming gun control push is going to have success, one thing the White House and Giffords’ new effort will have to accomplish is to successfully reveal that the NRA does not speak for anyone but the gun industry and a small minority of Americans. The NRA has high positive ratings in some polls, which suggests gun control advocates have their work cut out for them. But the simple fact is that when it comes to specific gun law reforms, the NRA is far outside the American mainstream. By wide margins, majorities favor the reforms being discussed... ...WaPoAmerica wants reform, but does Congress want it? No. Not really. As Sargent shows, the NRA pretty much owns some members of the House. On the plus side, most Americans are loudly disowning the House. Congress as a whole is suffering from rotten ratings. The House is the most hated. Maybe it's a boon for all of us that Boehner kept his role as Speaker. He seems to stand for everything that's wrong in the eyes of many voters. His reputation doesn't help his fellow Republicans in the House, whether they've been there at least two years or whether they're new. If America comes to associate the Republican party with killers of small children, that can't help them in 2014,