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Bryan Preston


March 26, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Everyone including yours truly is writing today about the new CBS poll that shows support for stricter gun control laws has dropped 10 points recently. Shortly after the Newtown killings, CBS polling picked up 57% for new gun restrictions. That support has dropped to 47% now.

But I wonder, was that 57% ever a real number? Was that support for more gun laws ever really there at all?

At the same time that a large majority professed support for more gun laws, millions of Americans went out and bought firearms. Millions stocked up on ammunition. Millions went to gun shows and gun stores, things they never did before, and though many of them didn’t end up buying any guns or ammo, they voted with their feet in favor of gun rights.

The media and the left did their best to turn Newtown into a Greater Narrative. The gunman was to blame, in this narrative, but so were you. So were we all. Because we allowed the guns that he used to exist and be available. Thinking people instinctively reject Greater Narratives, but not everyone everywhere thinks all the time. Bullying can be very effective in getting people to say things that they don’t really believe.

Politicians did their bit with speeches and passing laws. Obama campaigned and will campaign again. But citizens did our bit by buying so many guns that they became scarce, and buying up so much ammo that manufacturers still can’t keep up with demand. It has become a routine, for millions of Americans, to head out to the local retailer to check and see of the latest shipments included any ammo that they use. Stores ration ammo now on the few days that they have it to sell, and so do many gun ranges. Many retailers still can’t keep popular guns on their shelves. They sell too fast.

Even gun control advocate Mark Kelly bought himself a handgun and tried to by an “assault” rifle. There seems to be a gulf between what he says he believes, and what he actually believes.

The polls said what they said, but demand says what it says. Polls and demand are not saying the same thing.

Polls aren’t always right. They routinely get the same-sex marriage question wrong. People seem to tell pollsters a politically correct answer that society’s bullies expect them to give, then go off and vote their actual beliefs and consciences.

I wonder if the same thing didn’t happen after Newtown. The politically correct, bullied answer was to support more gun control. But away from the pollsters, an awful lot of people have been arming up. Now that the heat’s off and the table has been turned on bullies like Andrew Cuomo, the polls may be showing where Americans always were.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Hopefully we'll see more in weeks to come to educate the public on what form "universal background checks" could take. American Thinker has a good piece on some possibilities:

In the meantime, it sure would be nice if our friendly AG's could find a way to start holding people like Biden and Bloomberg accountable when they give advice which could lead someone to misuse a firearm or create tv ads that depict the misuse of a firearm.
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Orgo, it's not about either gun control or violence's just about CONTROL....
From the size of your soda to the kind of car you buy, to the amount of water your toilet uses to flush and your showerhead can pour over you, to the number of bullets in your magazine (preferably zero from their point of view)'s first, last and only...about control...about convincing you that your own opinion (on anything or everything) doesn't matter unless it agrees with the ruling elites. Your own initiative doesn't matter, you should check with the experts, the teachers, the office in charge of whatever you want to do...ask first...they know better...
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The trick with this sort of thing is to realize that it's all about how they ask the question. What phrasing they use is very important. Decades ago, the LA Times (yeah I know, but this was back when they were semi-sane) did a lengthy article about abortion rights in the country, and acknowledged that they'd been unintentionally biased on the subject. One of the things they recounted was a survey done (I think by the Boston Globe) a few years before. The newspaper had the survey company ask 2 different, very large groups of random people, if they supported abortion. The difference was in how they framed the question. They asked one group if the respondents thought that a woman should be allowed to legally have an abortion in the US, but with the other group they phrased the question in terms of whether the woman should have the right to choose an abortion. About 10% more of the respondents said "Yes" to the 2nd question than the first, and the sample sizes were so large that the margin of error was only 2-3%.

Since I don't know what question was asked exactly (often they leave this part out, because of the above) I can't make a judgment as to whether the support was actually ever there. It might have been (people can be pretty dumb at times) but it might also have been manufactured.
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When people say they want gun control, that's not what they really want. They want violence control. Unfortunately that fact has been completely lost in the narrative about solving the issue.
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