On a recent evening in New York's West Village, 160 people calling themselves GAG — Gays Against Guns — pack an auditorium at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to celebrate a victory, and plan for the road ahead.
The previous day, at the city's Pride parade, GAG had organized a large die-in, as well as a procession of 49 people in white shrouds, representing the victims of the shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub.
"I think it was cathartic for the gun-control movement, and the spectators." GAG members say they're determined to win where others have languished.
Speaker after speaker talks of bringing to the gun-control movement a crucial element so many of them have developed over decades of activism: visibility.
The network carries feeds from cameras belonging to the House, which are controlled by the majority party and turned off when the House is not in session. No one appeared ready to give up anytime soon.“I am prepared to stay here until hell freezes over,’’ Rep. President Obama tweeted thanks to Lewis for "leading on gun violence where we need it most.""We need more than moments of silence. And that's what's going on in the House now," he added later, including a link to [email protected] shut off the cameras to try to stop you from watching, but @repjohnlewis & @repkclark are leading a sit-in on the floor of the House for gun violence legislation.
In part, it may be that NRA supporters historically have been more prone to action. The modern gun-control movement was birthed almost 100 years later, in 1974.
Joe Duffy, manager of the "Yes on 1" campaign, referred to the initiative as a "common-sense measure that can save lives while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners." A similar measure in Maine, calling for required background checks before private gun sales or transfers were completed, regulating sales common in classified advertising catalogs and online, failed.
The national group Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent million on the campaign to approve the measure.
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