Rasmussen: "Only 41% believe more background checks will reduce gun violence."

While Scott Rasmussen indicates that background checks has "overwhelming support," he notes that relatively few think that it will actually lower crime rates.  What would happen to the percent of support if:
1) the question noted the creation of a gun registry, 
2) the fees that would be required on the transfer of guns, or 
3) that it was almost always law-abiding citizens who have been stopped from buying guns.
Even in liberal New Jersey with heavy gun control law, people are no better than split on whether gun control laws work.
New Jerseyans are split on whether stricter gun laws would reduce violence with 47 percent agreeing and 47 percent disagreeing. But among gun-owning households, 69 percent say stricter gun laws would not reduce violence compared to 53 who feel differently. Similarly, 74 percent of NRA supporters believe violence would not be reduced, compared to only 28 percent of opponents. A solid majority of Democrats (61 percent) say stricter laws would reduce violence, but only 39 percent of independents and 35 percent of Republicans agree. . . .
Here is an additional discussion from the National Journal: 
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 65 percent of women favor stronger gun laws, compared to 44 percent of men. That’s consistent with previous polling; a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed 61 percent of women and 45 percent of men in favor stricter gun laws. . . . 
Although gun ownership among women has increased over the previous decades, men are still three times more likely to own guns than women, according to a March Pew Center survey. And opinions on the effectiveness of gun laws vary greatly depending on whether you own a gun or if there is one in your house. According to the Pew survey, 66 percent of people who live in gun-free homes say stricter gun laws would reduce mass-shooting casualties; only 35 percent of people in gun-owning households agreed. . . . .



Blogger Blaine Holzer said...

Dr. Lott - I just now saw the Sandy Hook mother that took over for Obama on his weekly address. Is there NO depth that Obama won't sink to to further his socialistic agenda? Are we so stupid as a nation that we fall for such underhanded blatently manipulative crap?
I really DO think he's just trying to piss us off. He wants one of us to get so mad that we do something really foolish and then GOTCHA! He gets to BAN THEM ALL!
I no longer think he's just incompetent. I think he is EVIL.

Molon Labe!

4/13/2013 12:55 PM  

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