Post-Newtown Gun Control Falling Flat

Gun control bills 2013 (courtesy followthemoney.org)

The “background chatter” (as the NSA calls it) on gun control is ramping up ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Newtown massacre. Despite the inevitable bloody shirt waving, the antis’ exploitation of the tragedy isn’t moving the needle on the post-Newtown push for civilian disarmament. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe “Double Barrel” Biden met with families of Sandy Hook victims to announce that Uncle Sam will channel $100m into mental health services to commemorate the killing [paraphrasing]. While lamenting the lack of federal “gun reform,” the mainstream media is consoling itself with the reaction on the state level. Example given: After Newtown, focus of U.S. gun control battle shifts to states. [Reuters] There’s some good news on that front too . . .

In response to the Newtown massacre and the 2012 shooting deaths of 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, about 1,500 pieces of gun legislation were introduced in U.S. state legislatures, according to the Institute For Money In State Politics in Helena, Montana.

Only about 10 percent of them were passed, with a slight edge – 74 to 66 – for gun-rights bills. They included making it easier in some states to get concealed-carry permits or removing information about gun or concealed-carry permits from the public record, the institute said.

Obviously, gun rights advocates would be ill-advised to become complacent about the ongoing attempts to strip them of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. If nothing else, it’s only a matter of time before another spree killer takes the spotlight, providing more fuel for the gun control industry’s disarmament jihad.

Meanwhile, even the Washington Post has been forced to admit that gun rights are ascendant: In Ohio, momentum favors gun rights movement. Needless to say, even this piece doesn’t mention the explosive situation created by gun control legislation in New York or Connecticut, and ends on a hopeful note—for gun control advocates.

Toby Hoover, founder of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, said a lack of education on gun laws stands in the way of mobilizing support for restrictions. “They really don’t know what’s out there now, and so, therefore, they think everything’s been done that can be done,” she said.

But Hoover said she remains optimistic that federal gun-control legislation will continue to advance. “I’m still very hopeful that they will pick that back up in 2014,” she said.

Let’s hope not.