Over the past several months, thousands upon thousands of people have come out of the woodwork to express their opinions on firearms in the United States. As the Obama administration has harped upon the Sandy Hook incident as its impetus for enacting further control upon the American people, there are now multiple indicators that point to a changing of the tide.
Various polls that have been recently conducted show that the percentages of people who support an assault weapons ban and universal background checks has decreased significantly since those same types of polls were conducted in December 2012. Though gun control legislation has been passed in Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, and New York, Congress will be hard-pressed to gain enough support in the Senate for bills such as S. 649 being crafted by Sen. Harry Reid. The NRA has shown its might in mobilizing a vast lobbying effort at the grassroots level, and even smaller gun rights groups such as the National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) have been very effective. In particular, talks that had been occurring between Sen. Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Coburn (R-OK) in an effort to reach a “compromise” on universal background checks has since fizzled out, mainly due to the influence of GOA.
In addition, a growing list of states have taken matters into their own hands by proposing and enacting new legislation at the state level which seeks to protect 2nd Amendment rights. Wyoming, Kansas, Arkansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Montana, and Texas all have joined the ranks of states that have had enough of federal encroachment.
The impact of this huge hot-button issue has enormous economic implications as well. High-profile firearms components manufacturer Magpul has officially announced at the end of March that it will manufacture its first component outside the state of Colorado in 30 days. Several states have vied to become its new home, but Magpul has not yet made public where it is moving to. Other big-name gun manufacturers such as Maryland based Beretta and Connecticut based Colt have also publicly discussed the possibility of relocating to other states that are more gun friendly.
It’s still vital that we all continue to contact our state senators and representatives, as well as US senators and representatives to express our absolute opposition to gun control. Let the people speak!