After the Aurora, Co., theater shooting, calls by gun-control advocates for tougher laws drew little reaction from a country and its political leaders whose sentiments have shifted dramatically over the past two decades, the Washington Post reports. The Violence Policy Center and dozens of other gun-control groups issued a joint statement blaming an “out-of-control, militarized gun industry” for the shootings that killed at least 12 people and left dozens injured. President Obama’s lack of agreement is “pure calculus at this point, and the calculus is that it's not worth touching this issue,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign.
There is the reality that no gun-control measures could pass through Congress, where Republicans control the House and where, even in the Democrat-controlled Senate, support for gun rights is strong. A 2010 Gallup survey shows that support for greater gun restrictions has fallen 34 percentage points over 20 years, while support for fewer restrictions or the status quo has grown by about that amount. “Nothing happened when a congresswoman was shot in the head,” said Matt Bennett, a co-founder of Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington. “Nothing happens when dozens of kids are shot in a movie theater. It's a terrible truth, but it is the truth nonetheless.”