Steve M. on how the beleaguered U.S. gun lobby plans to counter post-Newtown firearms safety momentum:

You know that the NRA has made a brief statement promising to comment on the shooting on Friday. Citing a Fox News story,The Atlantic‘s Elspeth Reeve tells us what to expect:

… the NRA is getting ready to “push back.” What will its message be? Fox reports it will demand a fuller look at where gun violence comes from:

“If we’re going to have a conversation, then let’s have a comprehensive conversation,” said one industry source. “If we’re going to talk about the Second Amendment, then let’s also talk about the First Amendment, and Hollywood, and the video games that teach young kids how to shoot heads.”

This actually sounds a lot like what Joe Scarborough said on MSNBC Monday. The former congressman had an A-rating from the NRA, and called for taking on the gun lobby. But he also called for taking on the entertainment industry. “I say good luck to the gun lobbyist, good luck to the Hollywood lawyer who tries to blunt the righteous anger of millions of parents by hiding behind twisted readings of our Bill of Rights,” Scarborough said.

And then there’s Boehner:

Republicans need to “have a discussion on guns” in the wake of last week’s grade-school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his conference Tuesday….

Boehner said the GOP’s strategy would be to examine the reasons that the mass shootings of recent years have been carried out, almost exclusively, by young, white males with mental illnesses, according to the lawmaker in the room.

So — unless enough fed-up Americans make enough of a sustained, relentless, ongoing effort to push back — when we talk about Newtown we’re going to talk more about Django Unchained and R.D. Laing than we do about Bushmaster, thanks to the gun lobby and the GOP and Fox News. So be prepared.

All just a little bit of history repeating…

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  • Having a “fuller look at where gun violence comes from” would be nice, but unfortunately the GOP has worked hard since 1996 to defund every authoritative body carrying out scientific research into exactly that. So instead we’ll get NRA-sponsored studies by third grade hacks and a whole lot of opinionating which can’t be backed up by anything really, really concrete. This is how the debate will be turned into a shouting match that goes nowhere.

  • “One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. 31 school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns.” ~John Oliver. Pretty much says it all. It’s what we get when gun manufacturing & ownership is more important than lives.

  • The conversation will be complex since, according to a recent survey by Pew research Center for the People & the Press, the public is divided over what Newtown signifies.

    Most women, democrats and college graduates believe the shooting reflects broader problems in American society.

    A larger number of men and those with less education say the shooting was an act by a troubled individual.

    Republicans, on the other hand, are divided, with 49% saying such incidents are the acts of troubled individuals, while 45% say they reflect broader problems. Source

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