Here's Why Gun Control Keeps Failing: Charting Influence vs. Stamina
(While President Obama's new executive orders are a slightly different twist in the dance of gun deaths, the sad truth is that any lasting change will need the cooperation of Congress. And, with even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid courting the gun lobby, that cooperation seems unlikely to occur.)
Not long after the Newtown massacre, I looked at some of the numbers of the gun debate -- most notably, the $4 billion in annual gun sales and the $19 million that the NRA poured into the 2012 election cycle. Recently, Appinions, an influence marketing company, released an infographic that helps explain the mechanics of the gun debate -- most notably, how the intense focus and never-ending devotion of the pro-gun lobby consistently trump the diffuse, short-lived efforts of gun control advocates.
(Those "NIS" score each individual is ranked with in the graphic below is their Net Influence Score -- a measure devised by Appinions to reflect a person's influence on a given topic. Appinions measures opinions from nearly 5 million sources to calculate those scores.)
Take a peek:
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