Monday, November 22, 2010

The Slow Death of Gun Control

Anti-gun advocates like to point to the MAIG poll showing a whole bunch of NRA members are clamoring for more gun laws. When it isn't a gun control group using a company that's been censured multiple times, the results are completely opposite.

It's always entertaining to watch PuSH'ers try and deny the fact that support for their cause has been decreasing for over two decades. We now have the majority of the population not in favor of stricter laws but also the majority of state and federal legislators along with multiple SCOTUS decisions supporting the 2A.

Now that certainly doesn't mean that gun control is dead though. Like bedbugs or roaches, they'll return at any opportunity to push their restrictive agenda. And we need to make sure support for gun control is viewed in the same light.

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Stephen said...

It is remarkable the turnaround I have seen in my life. But is it a pendulum swinging that will swing back or a movement that will keep going forward? I think the latter, but we will see.

Here's to some exciting movement in this next congress

45superman said...

This passage from the article is also important:

Only 1% of Americans mention gun control as America's most important problem at this time, and even fewer mention crime. Thus, although there is majority support for stricter gun laws among both Democrats and liberals, it appears that there will not be pressure to make this a high-priority issue for the leaders of these political groups in the months ahead.

Only the most rabid advocates of forcible citizen disarmament (most of whom hold paid positions of anti-gun rabidity) would vote for a candidate specifically for that candidate's anti-gun stances, and even fewer would vote against a candidate for that candidate's pro-gun positions.

Gun rights advocates, on the other hand, very often see a candidate's positions on gun rights as the most important factor in deciding whether or not that candidate deserves our support.

That, I submit, is the reason we weren't overwhelmed when the numbers were badly against us. Now that they're increasingly with us, we have no excuse to fail to make some big gains.