America’s Gun-Wielding Ideology

You might think that after mass shootings like the recent ones in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon, the American public would turn away from guns, embracing gun control as a way to reduce gun violence. But you would be wrong. In 2013, year after a gunman killed 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut, the opposite occurred: those in favor of controlling gun ownership remained relatively steady, while those who supported gun rights increased by six percent. Less than a year after the shooting, Congress failed to pass national gun law reforms…