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A Record Number of Americans Oppose Gun Bans……. October 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, error, firearms, foolishness, huh?, Revolution, silliness, Society.

……..but a substantial majority also favor “more strict gun laws”, while simultaneously believing firearms are not too easy to get.

No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the average American.  These people are just a bunch of fickle mush-heads:

A poll published on Wednesday shows record opposition to gun bans from the American public.

The survey, conducted by Gallup, found 76 percent of respondents thought there should not be a law banning civilian ownership of handguns, a four-point increase from last year and an all-time high in the 57 years the question has been asked.

The poll also found that 61 percent of respondents are “against” a ban on certain semi-automatic rifles—often referred to as “assault weapons”—, a ten-point increase since the last time the poll was taken and an all-time high since Gallup began asking the question in 1996.

Support for the gun bans are at all-time lows. The poll shows only 27 percent support for a ban on handgun ownership, a three-point drop from last year. It also shows support for an assault weapons ban at 36 percent, an eight-point decline from the last time the question was asked……..

…….. Last September, a CNN poll showed a majority of Americans believed, for the first time, that guns are not too “easy to get.”….

………The Gallup poll asked respondents if they would tighten or loosen gun laws, and whether or not they owned a firearm.

It found a majority of people, 55 percent, want “more strict” laws, a figure unchanged from last year. It found 40 percent of people have a gun on their property, a number that is down three points from last year and at odds with a recent Pew poll showing all-time high gun ownership.

So, no bans, and guns are not too easily obtainable, but a solid majority favor more strict laws.  Hooookay.

As for the supposed drop in gun ownership, if you were surveyed, would you answer honestly?  Or might you use some broad mental reservation?

I actually think there is a semi-rational explanation for the discrepancy in the polling results.  Americans are constantly bombarded by false stories in the media about how terrorists and mentally ill people obtain firearms all the time (not true), and other scare stories that lead a large number of people to believe that I can literally walk into a gun show tomorrow and come out with a full-auto AK and even a rocket launcher without even providing an ID, let alone face a background check.  All of these reports are complete fabrications, but a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.  For that percentage of Americans who have no experience of trying to buy a gun in the past 25 years or so, these fantasies might seem plausible.  And so while some people may not favor an outright ban, they probably are convinced, wrongly, that there is a need to “tighten gun show loopholes” and things like that.  Loopholes, mind, which do not, in fact, exist.

Or, people are simply dumb and amazingly inconsistent.  You decide.



1. Frank - October 28, 2016

I think you have hit on some of the causes for these weird results, but it’s also undeniable that vast numbers of adults in this country are functional morons who can’t think for themselves. I firmly believe this segment of society is greatly over-represented in many public opinion polls.

Baseballmom - October 29, 2016

Certainly hope you are correct.

2. Tim - October 29, 2016

Your sentence about people being dumb or inconsistent is answered by watching Mark Dice’s YouTube channel.

Tantumblogo - November 1, 2016

Seen it. But it’s southern California, right?

Tim - November 1, 2016

That’s the epicenter.

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