The sad paradox to reinvigorated public support for gun control is that demand for guns spiked in December after the Newtown massacre. According to the FBI, there were 2.8 million background checks in December, 49 percent more than the last year, beating the previous month’s record high.
The National Rifle Association and its allies did its best this year to stoke fears that the government is out to take away all guns. And since the Newtown shooting, the NRA managed to pin blame on everything except guns and called for more guns in schools.
President Obama has pledged action on gun control if Americans “decide it’s important.” In fact, recent polling from USA Today/Gallup show 58 percent of Americans back stronger gun laws.