GOP refuses to do anything about gun violence even though most gun owners want them to


Nearly two-thirds of gun owners say gun violence is 'a major problem the government should address.' But Republicans are refusing to tackle the problem.

The vast majority of Americans say gun violence is "a major problem the government should address" — including 64% of gun owners, according to a Fox News poll released Tuesday.

Yet Republicans continue to do absolutely nothing to address the scourge of gun violence in the country.

According to the poll, a whopping 71% of Americans believe gun violence is a major problem the government needs to tackle. And a plurality of Americans, or 47%, say that "passing stricter gun control laws would make the country safer."

But those overwhelming numbers are still not enough for Republicans to act.

Democrats in the House passed a landmark bill back in February to expand background checks for gun purchasers — a move that 97% of Americans support, according to one 2018 poll.

Still, months later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not brought that bill to a vote in his chamber. And Trump has vowed to veto it, even though expanding background checks is the kind of commonsense gun reform that Americans are clamoring to see.

With numbers as strong as the ones in the Fox News poll, it's unclear why Republicans are still refusing to act on gun control.

The National Rifle Association, once a powerful special interest in Washington, D.C., has lost a significant amount of clout as their finances tank following a series of internal corruption scandals in the organization.

Not to mention, the Fox News poll found that even a majority of Republicans, 54%, want the government to address gun violence.

What is clear, however, is that the politics of guns is moving away from Republicans. And voters will get the chance to make their voices heard on the issue in 2020.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.