National Rifle Association (NRA) suffered three setbacks last Tuesday on Election Day, as “gun control” ballot initiatives won overwhelmingly in the states of Washington, Colorado and Connecticut, reported the Christian Science Monitor. Additional blows were dealt to the NRA with the electoral victories of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D). Both proved that American governors can sign major gun-control legislation and survive at the ballot box. That is not the conventional wisdom that “gun control” advocates won something, in spite of the Republican victories across-the-board. However, this was a puzzling election since Democrats lost the U.S. Senate, but won on most of their pet issues, including minimum wage and the aforementioned “gun control” initiatives.
What this midterm campaign proved is that the NRA is no longer the only game in town on the issue of guns and the real meaning of the 2nd Amendment. The midterm election showed that statehouses can offer hope for renewed “gun control” reform laws, such as expanding background checks for gun buyers. During the past decade, statehouses have widely expanded gun and armed self-defense rights, such as extreme laws that cross the line in the state of Florida.
The “gun control” ballot initiative in the state of Washington eliminated the so-called gun show loophole – where private sales don’t require background checks. John Feinblatt, president of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, said “When Americans vote on public safety measures to prevent gun violence, gun safety wins,” said John Feinblatt, president of Mr. Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, in a statement. “The NRA might be able to intimidate Washington, D.C., and state legislators, but they don’t intimidate American voters.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its monopoly as the “final word” on guns and the Second Amendment may have come to an abrupt end. Much of the change in the narrative came about with the emergence of Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) on the national stage, as an articulate national spokesperson for “common sense” gun reform.
Rep. Kelly has set off the NRA and its dedicated group of gun rights advocates, angered at recently her introduction of H.R. 5093, Children’s Firearm Marketing Act. The bill prohibits the marketing of firearms to children. The bill, H.R. 5093, would permit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to regulate guns as a consumer product and determine what constitutes marketing firearms to children. The bill would also allow the FTC or CPSC to work with states attorneys general to enforce the ban.
Earlier this year, Rep. Kelly published “The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America,” (also known as the “Kelly Report”). The gun rights group makes clear it opposes “common sense” gun reforms, such as “Universal Background Checks” and the “Federal Assault Weapons Ban.”
The NRA is a lobbying organization that claims to defend the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners, but in reality is in the business of representing and promoting “gun manufacturers.” TheBlaze.com took issue yesterday with Rep. Robin Kelly’s (D-IL) introduction of a bill to force companies to stop marketing firearms to children.
Rep. Kelly responded to the years of the NRA sponsoring of the marketing and selling firearms to children. Rep. Kelly introduced H.R. 5093, The Children’s Firearm Marketing Act. The proposed law prohibits the marketing of firearms to children and teens, as is the law as it relates to the marketing and sales of tobacco products. The United States Surgeon General said in the 2014 report, “5.6 million of today’s children will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates.”
“As a result of tobacco industry marketing and other influences, more than 3,200 children younger than the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette every day,” reported the Surgeon General. Today, about half of all the children between ages 3 and 18 years in this country are exposed to cigarette smoke regularly, either at home or in places such as restaurants that still allow smoking.
Rep. Kelly sees the same damaging influence on children when it comes to firearms. In an email interview, Rep. Kelly said, “Much like manufacturers of tobacco products are prohibited from marketing their products to children, I believe there should be similar protections against the marketing of guns to children.” Kelly added, “When you have gun companies making pink and zebra-striped guns or using cartoon characters to sell guns, you run the risk of children mistaking real firearms for toy guns with dangerous consequences.”
Rep. Kelly addressed the issue of protecting children from gun violence. Not all gun violence is intentional, but accidental. Not surprisingly, “The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America,” (also known as the “Kelly Report”), showed that children are at a higher rate of risk when guns are in the home. The “Kelly Report,” which is the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the violence with guns crisis in America, addressed the issue over and over again.