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  • After Parkland, a New Surge in State Gun Control Laws

    After the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February, Congress did not act. But state legislatures did, passing 69 gun control measures this year — more than any other year since the Newtown, Conn., massacre in 2012, and more than three times the number passed in 2017.

    According to an end-of-year report by the national advocacy group Giffords, provided to The New York Times before its publication this week, more than half of the states passed at least one gun control measure in 2018.

    The report also found a decrease in measures enacted to expand access to firearms — a major change from the year after the Newtown shooting, when a surge in gun control laws was matched by a surge in gun rights expansions.

    This year, legislators rejected about 90 percent of state-level bills backed by the National Rifle Association, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group created by Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York City mayor.

    Data provided by the N.R.A. shows a similar overall trend this year, with gun control measures passed overtaking pro-gun measures for the first time in at least six years, though to a lesser extent than the Giffords data shows. The N.R.A. also said that nearly 200 gun control measures were rejected this year, but did not provide a list of specific legislation backing up their claims.

    “Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control groups have invested unprecedented resources in their state lobbying and public relations efforts shifting the gun control battleground to the state level,” the N.R.A. said in a statement. (Mr. Bloomberg provides about a third of the budget of Everytown for Gun Safety, and does not fund the Giffords group.)

    The N.R.A. added that it “continues to win legislative battles in state legislatures across America like the important self-defense legislation that was passed out of the Ohio legislature last week.”

    Seventeen students and staff members were killed in the Parkland attack, but it was certainly not the nation’s first mass shooting. It is, however, the first one that appears to have been a legislative turning point — a “tectonic shift,” in the words of Allison Anderman, who compiled the report as managing attorney at the Giffords Law Center.

    “A lot of policies that we had been working on as a movement for years were pushed across the finish line because of Parkland,” Ms. Anderman said.

    In large part, the shift this year is a product of a less visible turning point after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. In response to that massacre, activists founded the organizations that would become Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety, which gradually built the infrastructure that the current movement has taken advantage of.

    In the past, state laws were broken down roughly as you would expect, with stricter gun regulations in states controlled by Democrats and more permissive laws in states controlled by Republicans. That divide is still apparent, but the exceptions are increasing.

    Democratic state legislatures passed more than twice as many gun restrictions as Republican legislatures this year, and Republican legislatures were the only ones to pass laws loosening restrictions.

    Still, Republican chambers passed 18 gun control laws, and Nebraska — whose Legislature is conservative even though it is formally nonpartisan — passed another two. Republican governors also signed restrictions passed by Democratic legislatures in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont.

    More than half of the gun restrictions passed this year came in a post-Parkland flood in March and April, including omnibus bills in Florida and Vermont.

    In many places, legislators said outright that the Parkland attack had motivated them to act. Nowhere was this clearer than in Florida, where the shooting took place. Legislators there named their omnibus bill the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, after the school where the shooting took place.

    By the time the Parkland shooting happened, Moms Demand Action, the grass-roots arm of Everytown, had a chapter in every state and local groups in hundreds of communities. Nationally, the group’s volunteer numbers tripled in the months after the shooting, and those volunteers organized en masse in favor of gun restrictions and against permitless carry bills in Alabama, Oklahoma, Virginia and other states. All of the permitless carry bills were defeated.

    “There was this structure we had built that could take in all of that anger and heartbreak and make it into action and put it into passing laws,” Taylor Maxwell, a spokeswoman for Everytown, said in September.
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...AmBVBhNUcWMJwU
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    Thank God this country is taking small but certain steps back towards normalcy and rationality and safety.
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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    • #3
      Thanking god for gun control laws indicates that god is to blame for the murders which required the gun control laws.

      im not a believer in god, but if god exists, I doubt she wants anything to do with the gun debate.
      They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by skooly View Post
        Thank God this country is taking small but certain steps back towards normalcy and rationality and safety.
        Thank god people are stupid and believe feel good nonsense will do something when it will in fact have no impact.

        Even here, I'm amazed how racist you are (I should not be). I have mentioned countless times where all the gun deaths in the U.S. come from and they aren't affluent white people, but affluent white people are the only ones I have ever seen you shed a crocodile tear for.

        You love to point at the "stats" then you don't want to deal with the source of those stats because they aren't good poster children for your hidden agenda. If you really cared about the "stats" you would be arguing for an end to the war on drugs, but that would require honesty everyone here knows you don't really possess. Essentially you are willing to sacrifice these people for your agenda. That's truly sick.

        Steve (laughs at stupid humans who love a good dog and pony show while the elephants in the room continue to trample everyone)
        Last edited by Mr. Raceboy; 12-15-2018, 08:28 PM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jester View Post
          Thanking god for gun control laws indicates that god is to blame for the murders which required the gun control laws.

          im not a believer in god, but if god exists, I doubt she wants anything to do with the gun debate.
          Nebraska passed gun control.

          If that's not a divine miracle, nothing is.
          "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post

            Thank god people are stupid and believe feel good nonsense will do something when it will in fact have no impact.

            Even here, I'm amazed how racist you are (I should not be). I have mentioned countless times where all the gun deaths in the U.S. come from and they aren't affluent white people, but affluent white people are the only ones I have ever seen you shed a crocodile tear for.

            You love to point at the "stats" then you don't want to deal with the source of those stats because they aren't good poster children for your hidden agenda. If you really cared about the "stats" you would be arguing for an end to the war on drugs, but that would require honesty everyone here knows you don't really possess. Essentially you are willing to sacrifice these people for your agenda. That's truly sick.

            Steve (laughs at stupid humans who love a good dog and pony show while the elephants in the room continue to trample everyone)
            You're the one who says black people are dumber than white people, but I'm the racist?

            I'm glad the rest of the country is finally waking up and heading back towards sanity. Our overproliferation of firearms has made us less safe, not more safe, and has shown your philosophy of no-rules-whatsoever to be a miserable failure.
            "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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