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Thursday, October 20, 2016

As the first anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut approaches, a New York Times report highlighting the gun reform measures that have been introduced and passed throughout the country over the past year shows just how little states and lawmakers have done to strengthen gun restrictions.

In 2013, “about 1,500” state gun bills were introduced, according to the Times—178 passed at least one chamber of a state legislature, but only 109 became law.

Of the 109 gun bills passed by states, 39 tightened gun restrictions and 70 loosened them.

Not surprisingly, most of the gun laws that passed did so in Republican-controlled states.

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States controlled by Republicans passed nine pieces of legislation that tightened gun restrictions and an overwhelming 49 that eased restrictions.

In contrast, Democratic-controlled states passed 25 laws that created stricter gun restrictions, and only three that loosened gun restrictions.

In states with mixed control, five laws that strengthen gun restrictions passed and a greater 18 that loosen restrictions also passed.

Americans seem less enthusiastic about passing stricter gun reform in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. A month after the shootings, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 56 percent of Americans favored stricter gun laws. Two months after the shootings, in February, another NBC/WSJ poll found an even greater 61 percent said they supported stricter gun laws.

However, by April, as the Senate debated stricter gun reform that eventually failed to pass, support had begun to fade, with only 55 percent of Americans saying they wanted stricter gun laws.

According to the most recent NBC/WSJ poll released Friday, just 52 percent of Americans now support stricter gun laws, while 38 percent say gun laws should remain the same and another 8 percent say laws should be less strict.

With declining public support and legislative attempts to strengthen gun reform failing to gain traction, it appears that the nation is back to where it was before that tragic shooting occurred.

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Chart: Wonk Wire via The New York Times

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  • nomoretraitors

    Yeah, it’s that pesky little 2nd Amendment again.
    Good ol’ liberals. Never letting a good crisis go to waste

    • Independent1

      Liberals you say?? When conservative states used the crises to pass more than 2 times the number of gun laws??? Boy, do you have you’re head up the wrong place or what!!!

      And most of them passed legislation that relaxed gun laws when 21 of the 25 states with the highest firearms related homicide rates are already Red States??? I guess Republicans don’t think the carnage created by guns going on in their states which on average is more twice what it averages in Blue States is bad enough!! Let’s just relax the laws so more of our state residents can kill each other off!! Sounds like great governance. But then, when 11 of the 12 states with the highest infant mortality rates are also Red States, why worry about it the states conservatives govern by far lead the nation in babies not only dying but their parents as well!!!

      • nomoretraitors

        Is Chicago in a “red” state? How about Newark?
        Talk about having your head up the wrong place.
        And as far as “infant mortality” goes, Planned Parenthood profits handsomely from it.
        Time to stop drinking the Soros/Moveon koolaid.

        • Independent1

          Sorry but it’s you nitwit that has your head in the wrong place. And less than 3% of women who frequent Planned Parenthood take advantage of their abortion guidance.

          But here’s something on gun violence from Bloomberg, and notice that the states listed as having the highest violence with guns are all RED STATES!! And the states with the least gun violence are Blue States. (Even though Chicago may have gun-related problems because right-wing idiots bring guns into the city, Illinois ranks 12th in the country with respect to gun violence). You’re the one who needs to wake up!!!!

          States With Fewer Gun
          Laws Are the Most Violent, Study Finds
          Bloomberg, April 4 , 2013

          U.S.states with the least restrictive gun laws are among those with the highestrates of firearm-related violence such as homicides, suicides and assaults,according to a study of national crime data.

          Eight of the 10 states with the weakest gun-control laws, including Louisiana, Arizona,Mississippi, Montana and Oklahoma, are among the 25 with the highest rates of violence, according to a study by the Center for American Progress, a Washington- based group that favors tougher weapons curbs. Those with the strictest, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, were among the least violent, according to a ranking based on 10 criteria.

          “While the strength of a state’s gun laws is just one factor in the prevalence of gun-related violence in the state and cannot alone account for gun violence, there is a clear link
          between weak gun laws and high levels of gun violence across the United States,” wrote Arkadi Gerney, Chelsea Parsons and Charles Posner, the authors of the study.

          Gerney is a former adviser to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The mayor is the majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.

          The study is the second in the past month to suggest that stricter gun laws can improve public safety as Congress and states debate whether to impose more hurdles to firearm
          ownership following the December school shooting in Newtown Connecticut that left 20 children and six educators dead.

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