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Last Friday, Organizing for Action exploited the six-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting. They mobilized their supporters for a series of anti-gun rallies across the country. In San Bernardino, that call to action was answered by three people. Ryan Hagen of the Sun, a local paper, wrote on June 14 about the failed rally.
On Flag Day growing up, I used to always wave a flag with my grandson, and it hit me that the victims of that horrible tragedy won’t ever be able to do that,” said Curtis Lewis, the group’s gun violence prevention coordinator. “We need people to stand up and write to Congress to say they want laws that respect the Second Amendment but also help prevent these tragedies.”
Lewis said he supported HR 1565, a bill that would require background checks for sales at gun shows and online, “close the gun show and other loopholes,” and create a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States.
The protest drew three members of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group that supports President Barack Obama’s agenda, to the National Orange Show Events Center.
“It’s three people today, but it will be 23 next time, and we’ll see the time after that,” Lewis said.
Well, that’s progress. In the meantime, Michael Bloomberg is softening Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas over gun control, but it’s an issue that isn’t gaining much traction with the public. With the failure of the Manchin-Toomey bill, 62% of Americans want Congress to move on to other issues. They don’t want a reboot of this failed campaign, which– on a positive note – robbed Barack Obama of the most precious moments of his second term. In one of the most liberal states in the country, only three people showed up for an anti-gun rally. It’s another example of the absent voter intensity that pervades the gun control crowd.
(H/T Lachlan Markay)