December 12, 2013
It’s been almost a year since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. In that time about 1,500 gun bills have been introduced in nearly every state across the country, but according to The New York Times, although just over 100 have become law, two-thirds of those have actually loosened restrictions rather than tightened them.
In the weeks and months following the Newtown tragedy both gun-rights advocates and gun-control groups rallied for what they each thought would make our country – and more importantly, our children – safer. Both sides had very distinctive yet very different ideas of achieving this, but in the end, the gun rights advocates prevailed – at least for now.
The 1,500 gun bills introduced in the last year have been rightly divided approximately down the middle with about half being for tighter gun control and half being against it. Only about 12 percent – 178 – of those bills made it through one chamber of the state legislator. And of those, about two-thirds – 109 – were passed into law. Seventy of those laws amplified gun rights and 39 increased gun control. In addition, 13 gun-control bills and six which loosened restrictions were vetoed.