In Kansas City, a Deeper Passion Now Characterizes Gun Debate


The Kansas City Star explores the new passion about gun control, no matter which way you lean on the issue. Kevin Jamison, a Gladstone lawyer and a founder of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, recognizes the new zeal for gun control, but discounts the effectiveness of the proposals. “It's human nature to want to do something, but it's a wise man who does the right thing,” Jamison said. The current gun debate is bitter in part because, for the first time in at least a generation, gun-control advocates are beginning to show as much passion as the gun-rights side.

According to a new New York Times/CBS News poll, some 54 percent of the American public favor more gun control, compared to 39 percent last April. It's typical after highly publicized mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School for the numbers to nudge upward. This time they spiked. Another difference is that the feelings among gun-control proponents, especially, are more intense than before. Kansas City pastor Donna Simon says she's picked up on that deepening conviction in conversations with members of her congregation at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church. “I'm feeling from my folks,” Simon said, “an unwillingness to let it go this time.”

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