From the press release:
Speakers will include retired East Police Precinct Commander Robert Nash, Franklin resident and Metro firefighter and gun owner Chris Polk, Sumner County resident and Volunteer State Community College professor and gun safety instructor Len Assante and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Nashville co-chair Kathleen Chandler Wright. The event will be moderated by gun safety activist Linda McFadyen-Ketchum.
The press release goes on to cite a Vanderbilt survey that found that 80% of gun owners and 85% of non-gun owners favor universal background checks. This is more or less in line with Public Policy Polling, which found that "in Tennessee it's 67/26" in support of background checks.
We don't have popular gun control reforms for a simple reason: People who own guns buy more guns when they're afraid their guns are going to be taken away from them. Gun manufacturers benefit from strong attempts at regulation that fail, because it keeps the threat of regulation in the news and reinforces gun owners' belief that they need to run out and buy more guns right now, because look at all the threat.
Something as simple and popular as universal background checks would effectively kill the gun issue on the left for the next little bit. We set out to do something and we did it! Pat ourselves on the back and we all go home. But that's no good for gun sales, so even though it would be politically popular, it'll never happen.
But I do have an idea for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to push — reform that could work to undermine one of the more ghoulish ways gun manufacturers make money. Right now, whenever there is a mass murder involving firearms, the make and model of the gun used is highly publicized — usually by gun control advocates to try to illustrate just how dangerous these weapons in our midst are. And then, as we saw here in Tennessee after Sandy Hook, tens of thousands of people run out and buy that gun. Mass killings are some of the best free publicity gun manufacturers get.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America should mount a campaign to pressure media to stop mentioning the make and model of gun used. After all, if someone runs over 20 school children, it's enough to say he was in an SUV. It doesn't add anything to it to say it was a 2007 Chevy Tahoe with a top speed of 130 mph. So why do we make special mention of just what kinds of guns are being used?
They wouldn't need the cooperation of politicians afraid of the NRA to do that.