Another survey conducted by Morning Consult/Politico shows that “84% of voters, including 77% of Republicans, support requiring all gun purchasers to go through a background check.”
Those who regularly pay attention to the issue have known these things for some time. Even elected officials in Congress and in state legislatures to know this. Inaction on these ideas only serves some extreme and diminutive minority. Inaction on them is not of, by, or for the people the way the oft-quoted Abraham Lincoln speech at Gettysburg refers.
On Thursday night, President Joe Biden addressed the nation, delivering the most powerful speech of his presidency. One statement stuck out to me. The president said, “Over the last two decades, more school-age children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active-duty military combined. Think about that.” Yes, America. Think about that.
Taking action exclusively on the policies that have national support absolutely will make us safer. Data shows this.
James Briggs wrote two columns for The Indianapolis Star this week communicating pessimism about action on guns. His pessimism is certainly justified, though I disagree that the reason for inaction is due to failed messaging or persuasion on the part of those who want to act. Sometimes, those unwilling to do the obvious right thing are simply wrong, simply unfit to hold office, and simply responsible for every death these modest ideas could prevent. Simply put, those who are selling the idea that improving Americans’ lives through policies Americans want are not the problem. Those resisting them are.
Inaction is not the entire reason Americans will continue to die by guns today. But data shows it is absolutely part of it.
The persuasiveness or lack thereof of this message is not the reason for the inaction. Minoritarian cowardice is.
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