After Sandy Hook, the frustration over the failure of new laws to pass has caused many to lobby and campaign.
Saturday 14 December 2013
By Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
In the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, there was enormous pressure for greater gun control.
If new laws were not enacted after 20 children, aged just six and seven, were killed a year ago then they never would be, many said.
Public opinion did shift in the wake of the massacre. Ninety per cent of Americans now want tighter background checks on gun purchases, for instance.
But new laws have been blocked by politicians and powerful vested interests in Washington. Arcane procedural rules have also played a part.
Background checks did receive majority support in the US Senate, but under the chamber’s rules, because that majority fell short of the 60 required, the legislation failed to pass into statute books.
That failure has left many Americans frustrated and angry, but determined to act instead.
One group leading the way are mothers. Around 127,000 have joined ‘Moms Demand Action’ – one of the fastest growing gun control pressure groups.
Among them is Cathi Geeslin, who joined in the wake of Sandy Hook. She was not politically active before the tragedy but has since been determined to make a difference.
“The bell cannot be un-rung and moms are just not going to be silent about this anymore,” she said.