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CNN/Time Poll: Support For Gun Control Slipping

From a white-knuckled CNN:

CNN/Time Poll: Slight dip in support for gun control measures in last month

by CNN Political Unit | January 16th, 2013

Washington (CNN) – There is strong support from Americans for many of the proposals to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday, but according to a new national poll, public support has slipped a bit when compared to surveys taken immediately after last month’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Which is why these things have to be rushed through while the iron is hot and the great unwashed are all lathered up. (So to speak.)

A CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll also indicates that Americans generally favor stricter gun control and think that it is too easy to buy guns in this country, but they don’t believe that stricter gun laws would reduce gun violence all by themselves…

Anyone who thinks it is too easy to buy a gun in this country has never tried to buy a gun. In fact, in many locales, such as New York City, you can only buy a gun to defend yourself and your family if you are a celebrity or ‘politically connected.’

But while we’re at it, let’s have a poll on the regulation of free speech. And how about a poll on slavery, or women’s voting rights? What the heck, maybe we should have a poll on the entire Constitution. If the Second Amendment is up for debate, it should all be up for debate.

According to the survey, 56% support a ban on semi-automatic guns, but that’s down from 62% in a CNN poll taken in the days after the shooting at Sandy Hook.

We would love to see a study on how many Americans even know what a semi-automatic gun is.

The same is true for a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips – 62% in December, down to 58% now – as well as a requirement for all gun owners to register their firearms with the local government – 78% last month, down to 69% now.

We would also love to see what most people consider to be a high-capacity clip. The most popular guns in American all have the capacity for ‘high capacity’ clips of ten bullets.

"Those changes are likely due to the passage of time, as the initial shock of the Newtown tragedy has begun to wear off, and may indicate why the White House has put the gun issue on a fast track," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

No kidding. They have to act fast, before this crisis ‘goes to waste.’

The survey indicates Americans are evenly divided on restricting ammunition purchases, but they strongly favor background checks at all levels – 92% want them at gun stores, 87% want them at gun shows, and 75% favor background checks even for person-to-person transactions between individuals…

Are these the same Americans whore are against the government intrusions in the Patriot Act, and against providing any ID when you vote?

And buried near the bottom of this article we find:

According to the poll, personal security is also a growing issue. In the 1990s, most people in gun households said that they owned a weapon mostly for sporting purposes, with only one in five saying their guns were for protection from crime. Now, the number who say their guns are mostly for protection has grown to nearly a third of all gun households.

The survey also indicates that 55% of Americans generally favor stricter gun control laws, with 56% saying that it’s currently too easy to buy guns in this country. But only 39% say that stricter gun controls would reduce gun violence all by themselves…

That may also be a reason why a majority of Americans (54%-45%) favor armed guards in every school in the country although that proposal does not restrict guns in any way, and why a plurality (47%-40%) say that armed guards would do more to reduce gun violence in schools than stricter gun control laws would…

Which is exactly what the NRA has proposed. And the point they were trying to make in their recent ad when they pointed out that Obama’s daughters go to a school, Sidwell Friends, that employs eleven security guards.

Even if these security employees are not all armed, some of them are required to have a ‘special police officer’ license, which entails weapons training and a permit to carry. And Sidwell Friends is a Quaker school.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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