A recent Pew Poll about guns in the U.S.A., or more specifically, about the recent Senate vote; and Occupy the NRA’s “Silent No More” actions, scheduled for tomorrow, provide two indications of how the public is thinking and feeling about the gun arguments. They don’t change much, those arguments. They fairly frequently become headline news, maybe even for a week or so.

About the recent Senate vote, from the Pew report, “Mixed Reactions to Senate Gun Vote”:

Democrats More Disappointed than Angry

The key Senate vote that halted gun control legislation last week is drawing a mixed reaction from the American public: 47% express negative feelings about the vote while 39% have a positive reaction to the Senate’s rejection of gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases. Overall, 15% say they are angry this legislation was voted down and 32% say they are disappointed. On the other side, 20% say are very happy the legislation was blocked, while 19% say they are relieved.

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post, conducted April 18-21 among 1,002 adults, finds a wide partisan gap in reactions. Just over half of Republicans are either very happy (29%) or relieved (23%) that the legislation was voted down, though roughly a third of Republicans say they are either disappointed (26%) or angry (8%). Among Democrats, fully two-thirds (67%) express negative sentiments about the legislation’s failure, with more saying they are disappointed (41%) than angry (26%).

Occupy the NRA is obviously among those who have “negative feelings” about the influence of the National Rifle Association on members of the Senate, and more basically, are concerned about guns and regulations in general.

The NRA falsely portray themselves as an advocate for gun owners, the majority of whom actually support gun safety laws. In truth, the NRA represents gun manufacturers whose sole purpose is the unhindered sale of dangerous weapons to anyone who can afford to buy them. There is clear and compelling evidence that demonstrates that the way to a safer society is increased gun regulation, and is certainly not placing more guns into the community.

They quote Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center:

“˜Today’s NRA is a virtual subsidiary of the gun industry. … While the NRA portrays itself as protecting the “˜freedom’ of individual gun owners, it’s actually working to protect the freedom of the gun industry to manufacture and sell virtually any weapon or accessory.’

Also cited is a Business Insider article, “Here’s Who The NRA REALLY Represents.”

In its early days, the National Rifle Association was a grassroots social club that prided itself on independence from corporate influence.

While that is still part of the organization’s core function, today less than half of the NRA’s revenues come from program fees and membership dues.

The bulk of the group’s money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.


About Occupy the NRA

At Occupy the NRA our mission is to identify the people and organizations who imperil our schools and communities by blocking sensible gun safety laws. We will take action to demand sensible gun safety laws and will partner with longtime gun safety and victims’ advocacy groups to help amplify their message on the street and in the media. …

Our support for sensible gun regulation includes, but is not limited to, the following policies:

Responsible gun safety laws and gun permitting processes with comprehensive mental health and criminal background checks

Extended wait periods

At least 30 days of certified training to purchase and possess a firearm

Private liability insurance

Mandatory locks with stiff penalties for violation

Transparency reports of elected officials who have investments in the gun industry available to their constituents

Assault weapons ban

Ammo and magazine restrictions

Tomorrow, Occupy the NRA will sponsor Silent No More – March on the Lobbyists in DC, McPherson Square, 12:00 PM EDT.

Are you angry after watching the Senate vote to put the gun manufacturers’ bottom line before our communities’ safety and the 8 kids who get shot every single day in America? …

Starting at NOON April 25 in McPherson Square, hundreds of folks will be gathering for a march on the six K Street offices of the lobbyists for the NRA. We will be marching alongside Nardyne Jeffries, a gun safety advocate whose daughter was killed in a drive by shooting on South Capitol.

Nardyne deserves as much back up as we can muster as she hand delivers pictures of his daughter post-mortem to each of the 6 lobbyists for the merchants of military-style assault weapons. …
Participating Orgs: As of today, Occupy The NRA, CREDO, Moveon, Every Child Matters, Left Action, Common Cause, and The Other 98%
Follow-up Online Action:

In order to inform the clients of these NRA retained firms of their relationship with the gun lobby, we have selected 5 of their clients for people to contact including Google, Amazon and the American Psychological Association. We have prepared contact information for social media, along with prepared tweets.

(Guns Not Problem via Occupy the NRA
Guns Background Check NRA via Occupy the NRA)