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Gutowski on NPR: Two Factors Will Determine the Future of the Gun Debate

Stephen Gutowski, founder of The Reload, said there are two things that will determine the future of American gun politics on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

He said the recent increase in murder during the covid pandemic may lead to increased support for gun restrictions.

“Whether or not this murder spike that we’ve seen over the last year and a half or so continues to pick up steam and we get back to the violence levels we had in the 1990s because we’re still – even with this spike, we’re still at near historic lows when it comes to gun violence and murder in the United States,” he told host Lulu Garcia-Navarro. “But if it continues on, that, obviously, could change the conversation around guns in America.”

However, at the same time, the survey of new gun owners could decrease appetite for new gun laws, especially gun bans.

“All those new gun owners, especially ones from traditionally Democratic demographics, how they progress in their gun ownership is going to make a big difference five, 10 years down the line on how not just the Republican Party deals with guns but how the Democratic Party deals with it,” he said. “If they become less willing to vote for politicians who advocate stricter gun laws, you could see the Democratic Party adapt to that new reality and move back towards the center on the issue.”

You can listen to the full interview below:

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Cody Claxton
10 days ago

One of the biggest factors is the Bloomberg political spending to fund politicians who support gun control. As long as Bloomberg and other rich people fund gun control political financing, we will continue to see media hype and politicians’ hype for gun control.

6 days ago
Reply to  Cody Claxton

^This^ is why La Pierre has to go ASAP so NRA can get back to messaging, especially working with NSSF to get gun dealers to reach out to their new and particular their new DEM buyers and tell them

“Thx for your purchase, by the way, if you want to keep that new firearm you bought for self defense, please make sure you don’t donate to or vote for those politicians who are MORE LIKELY TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU, and restrict your right to buy ammo for it” etc etc…

Also in play will be the squeeze being put on SCOTUS to change their strict constructionist take on 2A and other issues by Dems who are threatening to pack or change other aspects of the Court if SCOTUS makes more decisions Dems can’t deal with.

On this latter, pro-life, 1A and 2A, borders and voting and other anticorruption groups and their members must work together to message Congress to

“Stop Threatening SCOTUS!’

Last edited 6 days ago by Bterclinger