Medium-term elections strengthen arms advocates

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


Donald Trump rejected every idea of ​​controlling the best weapons in the United States, Friday 9 November, the day after a new shoot-out in California. When asked about the carnage that caused the death of twelve people, not to mention the assassin, in a bar in Thousand Oaks, the president preferred to highlight the psychiatric story of the alleged author, a former soldier. This last 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 prohibited.

This presidential desire to prevent any discussion despite the increasing 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 call into question the status quo.

Financial mobilization

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

Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the organization created by the former Democrat of Arizona Gabrielle Giffords, seriously injured in a shootout in 2011, has invested 37 Millions of dollars. dollars in these mid-term elections, far more than the $ 20 million of the ANR.

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

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