Forbes Insights and Appinions looked at the data for the week prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy and trended the data over the subsequent 5 weeks to determine the ebb and flow over the gun control debate. We found that the NRA and the pro-gun rights voices are winning the influence battle and will continue to be strong and more influential if the pro gun control voice remains fragmented. On the flip side, the pro gun control voice could certainly gain influence if they establish a more united voice. Here are some other interesting observations from the data:Some of those points--I skipped the commentary on most of them--will come as a surprise to acquaintances of mine who proclaim to all and sundry that the NRA is an anti-gun rights organization.
- Republican politicians are missing from the debate. ..
- It’s a Marathon, not a sprint. It seems the NRA has the stamina to out-run the pro-gun control movement....
- The pro-gun rights voice is rapidly gaining influence while the pro-gun control voice has tapered in recent weeks.
- The pro–gun control group is fragmented whereas the pro-gun rights voice is united and strong.