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    12/14 changed the media's perception of the gun issue, in ways that Aurora and VTech didn't. It cut away the NRA/gunloon stock response, that the victims should have been better armed (even though they tried to promote that even here).
    And being 20 little white kids from a rather upscale neighborhood, took away the "well, it's not my problem" "not my demographic" "not in my kind of neighborhood" attitude that so often allows the media to blow it off, and a lot of people to ignore it.
    As a result of the visceral shock, the media didn't just buy into Wayne LaPierre's bullsh!t this time, they exposed him for the monster he is.
    They did polling that wasn't carefully biased pro-gun this time.
    They opened the microphone to gun control advocates for once.
    And the Administrations, both in DC and here in CT, have taken this up and are not going to let it drop. A huge tip of the hat to Obama, Biden and Malloy!
    CT is home to many gun manufacturers. Going after the gun industry here takes serious brass, particularly in a bad jobs environment, these are high paying, skilled manufacturing jobs. And they have lobbyists beyond the NRA.
    As someone who has worked on gun control issues for several decades, this shift in public perception and official response is palpable. It gives me hope that maybe, this time, we might actually get some kind of handle on the slaughter.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 11:16:28 AM PST

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