Here's Why Gun Control Keeps Failing: Charting Influence vs. Stamina

Newtown massacreIt has been little more than a month since the Newtown massacre claimed 26 lives, yet the frenzied gun regulation push that it inspired already seems to be receding. It's a pattern that should be familiar from the days after the Virginia Tech massacre, the Aurora shooting, the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords, or any of the other notorious shootings of the last 10 years: A horrifying tragedy catches the public's attention, a frightened populace calls for a few common-sense gun restrictions, a Congress anesthetized by gun lobby dollars lets any proposed legislation die in committee, and the news media moves on. A few days, or weeks, or months later, there's another high-profile shooting victim, or another massacre happens, and the whole process begins anew.

(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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Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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public needs to be aware OF HOW WELL designated gun free zones have worked.
do you go near them ?
so due to their failure it\'s time to disarm the LAW ABIDING ????

that\'s what they want.
never forget that ALL schools are designated gun free zones under federal law.

February 12 2013 at 11:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I know people who went out an bought their first guns. I know a dealer, who said the State was setting new records every day. I'd never register my guns, I must have lost them. We'd become like Canada.

Our rights shall not be infringed.

February 12 2013 at 12:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drshunlock's comment

obummer\'s THE BEST gun salesman EVER !

February 12 2013 at 11:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Ah Freedom, what does it mean to Republicans:

The Basic Republican Freedoms:

Freedom to ignore the facts, whatever they might be, if they disagree with our cherished beliefs.

hope your tripe gets blogged tweeted etc
simply to illustrate the long winded bs
TYPICAL of libtards LIVING IN A FREE SOCIETY and they don't have a CLUE.

anyway prOfessUH--this ain't huffie_poop so waste the space over there where YOU ALL self congratulate yourselves via fanning and faving--it resembles a MASSIVE CIRCLE _ ___.

February 11 2013 at 3:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

now why can't these sacred gun kontroL activists BE HONEST
and start labeling ALL VICTIMS KILLED,maimed and injured IN THEIR DESIGNATED GUN FREE ZONES as dead DUE TO BEING in a gun free zone ? ALL GUN FREE ZONES ARE remain killing fields.
why not ?
same for ADMITTING EXACTLY HOW WELL all their GUN KONTROL bs has worked in CHICAGO etc.
and finally STATE THE UNITED STATE'S position in the list compiled by the ESTEEMED UN===the USA'S slot on their LIST OF HOMICIDES DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE........little hint--there's plenty AHEAD of us.

why disarm the law abiding WHILE the criminals freely roam the streets capping whomever/wherever they want ?
what's their real agenda ?

February 11 2013 at 3:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

when the government knocks on your door for having the wrong light bulb in your lamp...or you are using too much gas or electriicity to heat your house begin to see that last spark of freedom slippinbg away from your life....look at the history of Europe, Asia and other countries that gave up self-protection..then count the millions that were murdered by government..or were enslaved by on your knees...or defend yourself standing for for freedom on your two feet

February 07 2013 at 6:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to remowms1's comment

Ah Freedom, what does it mean to Republicans:

The Basic Republican Freedoms:

Freedom to ignore the facts, whatever they might be, if they disagree with our cherished beliefs.

Freedom from taxes for people with incomes over $150,000. The rest can pay for corporate welfare and the military.

Freedom to own as many guns as we want and to shoot anybody we don’t like because it should be legal to kill anybody that makes us uncomfortable.

Freedom to dump toxic pollutants or nuclear waste anywhere we want.

Freedom for financial institutions to do what they want in any way they want.

Freedom to destroy the Appalachian forests and streams, Arctic wildlife refuges, Midwest water tables, and any other ecosystem as long as it is for a profit.

Freedom to emit as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as we want because our freedom from facts means that those emissions have no consequences.

Freedom to exploit employees in any way a company wants because increased corporate profits trump everything else.

Freedom from people dependent on the government to keep from freezing, starving, or dying from untreated illness because those are all the consequence of individual negligence.

Freedom of religion as long as everybody is a fundamental Christian who doesn’t take seriously the Christian maxims of “love thy neighbor” and \"give your wealth to the poor.\"

Freedom to take all your profits out of the country so that you can buy as many toys as you want without anybody looking.

Freedom from people who don\'t think like we do.

February 11 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to chris1011's comment


you're ALL such good,OBEDIENT komrads in training for the time when rationing IS THE REALITY.
keep your tripe over on arrianUHs garbage heap.

February 11 2013 at 3:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

If obama and his liberal lemmings were interested in reducing gun violence they could go to .There they would be able to see that the highest concentration of gun violence
is in metropolitan areas with a population of 100,000 or more. Not to mention where some of
the most draconian gun laws are.
Common sense would lead you to believe that merely enforcing existing laws in these areas would have a greater effect than trying to ban a type of weapon that is used in 3% of all gun related deaths.They could also discover that the over all violent crime rate has gone down since 1992. Every single year.
Even though the number of fire arms in the U.S. has gone up.
Perhaps piers morgan would like to visit and explain why the UK has a higher
violent crime rate than the U.S.
But what do you expect from the liberal media, fienstien and their ilk for not only lying that a semi
automatic rifle was used in the murders at sandy hook, that it was clearly locked in the shooters vehicle, that it was a handgun(s) instead, that were used, but to perpetuate the lies to boot.
There is no common sense with these charlatans because feelings are facts.
They will lie through omission and stop at nothing, regardless of facts, truth, statistics, to live in their
utopian world.
Look up their voting records. Hell,in a interview fienstien even says it's her goal to ban guns, period.
Examine the wording closely in her/their gun control bill.
This administration is the antithesis of honesty.

February 07 2013 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Newsflash for the gun worshipers. We already have a well regulated militias, it's called The United States Armed Forces, and will never have a tyranny because surprise, surprise, the days of wild west are over and we don't need an armed struggle to "overthrow a tyrannical government", WE VOTE THEM OUT, that simple.
Have you hugged your guns today?

February 07 2013 at 5:22 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to amirthedevil's comment

Yes I have, thanks.

February 12 2013 at 12:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

sad how the citys with the most restrictive gun laws have the most crime. Tell me how its working in Chicago.
Free men are armed..........
Stalen, hitler, and Obama know that serf's and slaves can not have firearms. Dictators first mut remove the guns before the subjects can be totaly controled.

and we are close..........

February 07 2013 at 5:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hydtguy's comment

not gonna happen BUT they will try.....and try...........and they know where this leads to.

February 11 2013 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why Gun Control Keeps Failing:

Because birth control only stops the baby; the gun stops the rape.

February 07 2013 at 4:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Keeps failing because the American public knows this is not the solution,We are not idiots,Now enforce the laws We already have,Commit a crime with a gun you go away for a long,long,long time period.
Taking My firearms will do absolutely nothing to protect anyone,I have no intention of ever harming anyone .
Criminals do not adhere to any laws,Whats the point in adding more?It is the crazy people that need to be controlled,after all none of these peolple committing these mass shootings are normal,I want My firearms to protect myself and my family from them.Why dissarm an innocent person especially the way things are now

February 07 2013 at 4:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply