5/05/2014

The calm before the storm: polls moving in the right direction on guns, but the battle is about to get fierce

From Danny Franklin in the Washington Post has this piece of good news:
In 2000, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 51 percent of those surveyed believed having a gun in the house made it a more dangerous place to be, while only 35 percent believed it made a house safer. In a poll of 800 voters I conducted recently, opinions were almost perfectly reversed: Fifty-three percent now believe a gun makes a house safer and 35 percent more dangerous. . . .
He also argues:
The problem is that supporters of new gun restrictions have traditionally approached the issue of gun violence as a political problem to be answered by changing laws. Instead, we need to start looking at guns as a public health problem to be answered by changing minds and habits. . . .
I interpret this as confirming what I already knew: gun control advocates are planning a big push to control the facts used in the gun control debate.  With literally hundreds of millions of dollars coming from the likes of Bloomberg, Soros, the Obama administration, and others, this battle is far from over.

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Blogger MaverickNH said...

From the WP article, the following byline: "Danny Franklin is a partner at Benenson Strategy Group, a strategic consulting firm, and a member of its team advising the White House on public opinion and communications." This seems more like a declared conflict of interest - would anyone expect a paid White House strategy consultant to say anything other than what Obama wants to be said on gun control? I'm wondering the audience here - is this the White House telling Bloomberg in public press to stop spending millions on failed efforts to defeat pro-2ndA candidates at the polls, and spend more money on creating the pro-gun control academic response to "More Guns, Less Crime"? I'm sure if someone hacks together a study claiming to disprove MGLC, almost any peer-reviewed academic journal will publish it with token review. They say "every man has his price" and Bloomberg's hundreds of millions buy a lot of men/women willing to say what's needed to fund academic careers.

5/05/2014 5:16 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Control the facts? More like outright lies.

A very simple fact of human nature: Those who cannot control themselves, wish to control all others.

In all cases concerning gun control laws, it is always the law abiding citizens who are penalized, and it's the criminals who give gun control advocates more excuses to disarm everyone else, truth be damned!

5/05/2014 1:12 PM  
Blogger Chas said...


They can try to rape our gun rights, but we rape back. Harder and more intensely than they ever imagined.
WE are the grassroots, while they are the merely, well-funded Astroturf who seek to abuse us, by disarming us. We'll see who wins the hearts and minds of the good people of America in the long run.
The American people don't buy crap, when much better merchandise is available for the same price. It's a simple principle of economics.
Freedom works, government gun control does not.

5/06/2014 11:19 PM  

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