New gun rights laws far outnumber new gun control laws
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and a gun control group funded in large part by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg offered competing views of who is winning the gun debate.
“We are seeing it again and again, that this is actually a winning issue and you can vote to protect the American public and make the American public safe, and your political career will flourish,” John Feinblatt, president of the Bloomberg-funded gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, told the Associated Press Tuesday.
The NRA said Feinblatt’s claim was merely spin on Thursday.
“Michael Bloomberg’s groups are willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to push their unpopular gun control agenda,” Catherine Mortensen, an NRA spokesperson, told the Washington Free Beacon. “Apparently that includes spinning the truth to make people believe they are winning the gun control debate.”
Everytown pointed to a pair of recent laws in the Pacific Northwest as proof of the gun control movement’s success. Within the last year, both Oregon and Washington passed laws imposing background checks on gun sales between private parties. The lawmaker who introduced Oregon’s measure only narrowly avoided facing a recall election for his vote, however.
Mortensen cited hundreds of gun rights measures enacted in recent years as evidence that the gun movement remains more influential than gun control advocates.
“The fact is, over the past three years, states across the country have signed into law nearly 300 new measures protecting and expanding Second Amendment Rights,” she said. “That’s almost ten times the number of new anti-gun laws.”