Gun Control Advocates Fail to Sway Public

Monday, 11 Apr 2011 01:09 PM

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Despite a high-profile campaign, anti-gun activists are gaining little traction in their push for additional gun regulations, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

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In the wake of the recent shooting in Arizona that killed six and injured 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a loose consensus has emerged that recognizes "these killings are the shooter's responsibility, not the gun's responsibility," says U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-San Antonio.

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, a former criminal court judge, echoed Cornyn’s sentiments.

"Drunk drivers kill 25,000 people a year and we don't ban cars — we go after the driver," he said.

"Democrats have decided they can't win on this issue so they're not going to bring it up,” said John M. Bruce, a University of Mississippi scholar who wrote The Changing Politics of Gun Control.

In addition, the issue of gun control has taken a back seat to jobs and the economy.

"We don't have the luxury of spending political capital on a lot of other issues," says Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin. "Our focus is the economy — as it should be."

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