For a period of time after December's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Americans felt a collective sense of outrage that something had to be done about gun violence in this country. Polling data suggested that Americans were much more supportive of gun control measures. Politicians promised stronger gun law and the public seemed to approve. It is now three months later, and the support seems to have dropped among the public, but more visibly so in Congress.
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Joe Nocera explores the issue in his daily series Gun Report in The New York Times, examining gun incidents before and after Newtown.
Washington appeared to have been buried deep in discussion to passing a law that exercise a ban on assault weapons as well as a universal background check for new gun buyers, yet no law has been passed and the conversation continues. In a recent discussion on guns, the White House said that it "doesn't support a national gun registry."
Neighboring countries such as Canada experience far less encounters when it comes to gun violence and healthcare, but these issues continues to plague the United States. The collectivity on both issues sparked outrage among American citizens in what seems to be a spotting effect, strong one moment and loosing momentum the next.
What has yet to lose speed however is the rate at which people continue to die by guns.