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Gun Control: A Political Winner Once Again

Via Slate’s David Weigel, a story from the San Bernardino Sun:

Exactly six months after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a small group from Organizing for Action stood here Friday with 26 flags and signs calling for stricter gun control.

“On Flag Day growing up, I used to always wave a flag with my grandson, and it hit me that the victims of that horrible tragedy won’t ever be able to do that,” said Curtis Lewis, the group’s gun violence prevention coordinator. “We need people to stand up and write to Congress to say they want laws that respect the Second Amendment but also help prevent these tragedies.”

Lewis said he supported HR 1565, a bill that would require background checks for sales at gun shows and online, “close the gun show and other loopholes,” and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States.

The protest drew three members of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group that supports President Barack Obama’s agenda, to the National Orange Show Events Center.

“It’s three people today, but it will be 23 next time, and we’ll see the time after that,” Lewis said.

Attaboy! That sea change is just around the corner — as it always is. Meanwhile, supposedly vulnerable Arkansan senator, Mark Pryor, is running re-election commercials in which he not only stands by his vote on Toomey-Manchin but hits out at both President Obama and Michael Bloomberg; Colorado’s electorate is showing signs of tiring of its one party rule, while voters in the districts of gun-controlling representatives are considering recalls; on the back of a sweeping new gun law, Connecticut’s 53rd District went Republican for the first time since Richard Nixon was in the White House; and in New York, the Times Union reports today:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity has slipped, a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows, likely due to Cuomo’s aggressive advocacy for a gun control bill that he signed into law earlier this month.

The idea that voting against gun control is a political liability anywhere outside of the dinner tables of the country’s coasts is a pathetic fantasy. Those expecting the Toomey-Manchin vote to affect the political landscape in any meaningful way are likely to remain bitterly disappointed. As for OFA? Well, the outfit is not doing much to dispel the perennial criticism that the president and his team are much better at running for his election than at securing support for his agenda.

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