Critical Mass? Gun Control Movement Has Been Building for a While | Building Background Knowledge
The Gun Control Movement in America has been growning for some time now. It's even been growning in conservative areas.
After the disgusting April, 2013 Senate vote defeating small but sensible federal gun control legislation while families of slain Sandy Hook victims sat in the gallery, "...[S]omething unexpected happened." writes Alec MacGillis in his May, 2013 article for the New Republic called "This Is How the NRA Ends: A bigger, richer, meaner gun-control movement has arrived".
He continues, "Some of the senators who’d voted “no” faced furious voters back home. Even before Erica Lafferty, the daughter of murdered Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung,confronted New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte at a particularly tense town hall, Ayotte’s disapproval rating in the state had jumped from 35 to 46 percent—half the respondents said her “no” vote made them less likely to support her. In Pennsylvania, which has the second-highest concentration of NRA members in the country, the bill’s Republican co-sponsor, Pat Toomey, saw his approval reach a record high. One of the country’s best-known gun-rights advocates, Robert Levy, said the NRA’s “stonewalling of the background-check proposal was a mistake, both politically and substantively.”"