Media touting major shift in gun control effort, but polls differ

NPR on Wednesday is touting the notion that 2018 has brought “a tectonic shift in the gun control movement,” with the gun prohibition lobby having gained ground since the mass shooting at a Florida high school in mid-February, and it appears that 2019 could be filled with potholes and speed bumps for gun owners.

David Hogg
Florida teen David Hogg became a media darling after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.(YouTube, CSPAN)

There were five major mass shootings listed in the NPR story, including:

  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., 17 dead;
  • Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe. Tex., ten dead;
  • Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., five dead
  • Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 11 dead
  • Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 12 dead.

According to USA Today high school students-turned-anti-gun-activists may have caused a significant shift in perspectives about gun control. The media made celebrities out of at least two students, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, the latter who was singled out by Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham for a bashing when he didn’t get accepted by some universities, but it is now reported that he will be attending Harvard.

Ingraham was criticized for essentially picking on a high school kid, but he wanted to play in the spotlight, and brickbats often accompany bouquets. However, after several advertisers cancelled with Ingraham’s Fox program, she apologized “for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland,” the USA Today story noted.

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NBC News is reporting that mass shootings rank in importance to respondents in a poll with the network and the Wall Street Journal, but a different survey by Gallup recently showed gun control at the bottom of list of priorities.

What lies ahead could be equally rough to what has transpired over the past 10 months. Democrats itching to take control of the House of Representatives have made no secret of their intentions to push gun control measures. While it is true they may be doing it all for show—realizing that gun control may be a dead issue if or when it arrives in the GOP-dominated Senate—Democrats are eager to show the people who elected them that they “mean business.”

With the year wrapping up in less than a week, lots of eyes are focused on the slaughterhouse that keeps the body count high in Chicago, and other communities including Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C.

If Second Amendment activists plan to make any headway over the next two years, they must demonstrate that their bite remains worse than their bark. Trading chest-thumping rhetoric under Internet pseudonyms is nowhere near the effectiveness of contacting lawmakers and constantly reminding them that their votes are being watched closely.

What gun owners must learn, and quickly, is that the gun prohibition movement is filled with emotion, and that drives the left more than any other thing. Rights activists may have the facts on their side, along with reason, logic and common sense. But when was the last time any of that counted?

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