Mid-term elections strengthen gun proponents

Despite Donald Trump's silence, the toppling of the House of Representatives in the Democratic Party should question the responsibility of elected officials for gun control.

T-shirts with the message "Now is the time to talk about gun control," hung on a hedge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 5th.

Donald Trump has dismissed any thoughts on better gun control in the United States, Friday, November 9, the day after a new mass shooting in California. Asked about the carnage that caused the death of twelve people, not to mention the gunman, in a bar in Thousand Oaks, the president preferred to highlight the psychiatric history of the alleged perpetrator, a former soldier. The latter was armed with a revolver equipped with a large capacity magazine. In California, the sale of these accessories, exceeding the limit of ten bullets, is forbidden.

This presidential willingness to prevent any discussion despite the growing number of shootings was confirmed before the mid-term elections by the two Republican majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives. But the rocking of the latter in the Democratic camp on Tuesday, should question the status quo.

Financial mobilization

Especially since, for the first time, organizations favoring better regulation of the mainly democratic firearms market have defeated the powerful arms lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), in terms of providing financial support to candidates sharing their convictions.

Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the organization created by former Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a shootout in 2011, invested $ 37 million. dollars in these intermediate elections, far more than the NRA's $ 20 million.

This mobilization, reinforced by high school students who survived the mass killings in Parkland, Florida, in February, allowed 15 Democratic candidates with the worst National Rifle Association "scoring" score to win over opponents with contrary to appreciation …

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