NRA Facing Most Formidable Opposition Yet, A Year After Parkland

NRA Facing Most Formidable Opposition Yet, A Year After Parkland

Gun Rights

Thousands of people participate in the March for Our Lives protest in New York City in March 2018. For the National Rifle Association, the year since the Parkland shooting has led to a changing — and less favorable — political landscape. Democrats control the House of Representatives, public opinion polling shows a majority of Americans support expanded background checks, and the NRA’s political spending is down. And for the first time ever, a growing and better funded movement now exists to counter the gun rights group. Fred Guttenberg is one of the people now part of that movement. After his daughter’s death in Parkland, Fla., one year ago, he sat in his house grieving. "To me, I thought the first thing I need to do is to remove the grip of the gun lobby. And I walked around my house, kind of like in a daze, saying… we’re going to go after their money," he told NPR. Parkland motivated people like Guttenberg to get active in politics, joining a growing campaign led by Everytown for Gun Safety — an adversary to the NRA founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Parkland was certainly something that seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for so many Americans on this issue, but it is also so important to remember the daily gun violence that goes on in this country that gets people involved: suicides, homicides," said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun […]

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