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Thursday, April 4, 2013

National Journal's Jill Lawrence One of Few In Media Giving Obama Gun Agenda a Chance

Which is why we should not let up. From today's National Journal afternoon email The Edge:
THE TAKE
Window for New Gun Laws Is Still Open

“Think about it,” President Obama said this week in Colorado. “How often do 90 percent of Americans agree on anything?” The reference to universal background checks for prospective gun buyers was meant as a joke, and people laughed. But believe it: After Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Newtown, Obama has never been more serious about anything in his presidency.

New polls this week from Quinnipiac University and Morning Joe-Marist show that support for tighter gun laws remains high, weakening the argument that the window for action after Newtown has closed. A remarkably consistent nine in 10 people continue to support expanded background checks, and nearly six in 10 back bans on both assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Several Republican senators are vowing to use what Obama calls “obscure procedural stunts” to block votes in the Senate on gun measures. His efforts to shame them probably will fail. Perhaps the American public, which has made its views on background checks crystal clear, will have better luck.
I wrote yesterday that I am suspicious of polls showing 90% agreement on background checks.  Make sure Lawrence is wrong. Make your voice heard. Keep calling your senators!

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