According to Public Policy Polling, the backlash continues against the recent gun vote by the Senate, more precisely, against those who voted in opposition to gun regulation reforms.
New PPP polls in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, and Ohio find serious backlash against the 5 Senators who voted against background checks in those states. Each of them has seen their approval numbers decline, and voters say they’re less likely to support them the next time they’re up for reelection. That’s no surprise given that we continue to find overwhelming, bipartisan support for background checks in these states.
Of course, elections are not on the immediate horizon, and who knows if the “backlash” can be sustained until then.
At least one member of the Senate hasn’t given up. Sen. Joe Manchin (WV-D) told Fox News Sunday that gun control reform is still possible. Manchin stressed the need for a “clean bill,” time to “sell” it, and for his colleagues to “read” it. You know, before they vote on it.
To be specific, via Politico, Manchin said:
‘The only thing we’ve asked for is for people to read the bill.’
There are multiple efforts being made to get Electeds to do at least that, and more. These efforts are also a part of the “bushback.” See, for example, They Don’t Work For You. The organization uses two groups of photos: “These teachers sacrificed their lives for the children they worked for” and “These senators voted against protecting the children they work for.”
We started this project as a way of voicing our growing frustration with politicians who are supposed to represent the interests of the American people and who need to be held accountable for their actions.
Contact information — Facebook, phone and twitter — are included for the Senators who “don’t work for you,” with the public encouraged to “#AskThemWhy.”
For some background, check out The Children’s Defense Fund and their “Protect Children, Not Guns 2012” report. An excerpt:
5,740 Children and Teens were Killed by Guns in 2008 and 2009
Protect Children, Not Guns 2012 analyzes the latest fatal and nonfatal firearm injury data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2008 and 2009 for children and teens ages 0-19.1
… The most recent analysis of data from 23 industrialized nations shows that 87 percent of the children under age 15 killed by guns in these nations lived in the United States. The gun homicide rate in the United States for teens and young adults ages 15 to 24 was 42.7 times higher than the combined rate for the other nations. …
Six times as many children and teens–34,387–suffered nonfatal gun injuries as gun deaths in 2008 and 2009. …
Where is our anti-war movement here at home? Why does a nation with the largest military budget in the world refuse to protect its children from relentless gun violence and terrorism at home? No external enemy ever killed thousands of children in their neighborhoods, streets and schools year in and year out. …
For a more recent and different kind of overview related to guns, Daily Kos, David Waldman provides a weekly “compilation” of reported (with links) accidental shootings. From March 18 through March 26, Waldman lists 51 reports.
This week’s compilation includes: three police-involved accidents, two of which occurred during gun training classes; three ‘home invasion shootings’ … ; five accidents while cleaning loaded guns; three hunting accidents; one concealed carry ninja who shot himself taking his gun out of his pocket, and one who was shot by a child reaching into his pocket. And speaking of the kids, there were nine victims of GunFAIL this week, aged 10 months, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 and 14. You may have noticed that that’s not nine ages. It was a particularly rough week for the 10-year-olds, of which we lost two, and saw one wounded.
One other and different response to the thus far failed efforts in DC, via Nation of Change, “Gun Group Raffles Off Assault Rifle Model Used in Newtown Shooting to ‘Resist Barack Obama.” That by the Tennessee Firearms Association.
(They Don’t Work For You via New Civil Rights Movement)