Anti-violence gun control organizations have proliferated. So have victim support groups and student protests. Polls show most want gun control; Reuters:“69 percent of Americans want restrictions placed on firearms.” What do the U.S. President and Congress—the people with the power to legislate—do after each mass murder? What they do normalizes it. Only 535 people in this nation can vote on legislation to fix it.
In February, the House passed HR 8 and HR 1112, called sweeping and significant. But all the bills did was broaden background checks to buy guns. That’s something that, according to a January Quinnipac poll, 92% of Americans support—with little difference between Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Yet almost all Republican House members and the NRA opposed it. The bills haven’t made it to the Senate for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is blocking them.