The things people know…

…that just are not so:

poll after poll shows the vast majority of citizens want sane, sensible gun control rules in place and enforced.

Really? That’s not what the news has been this week. In fact, it has been quite different:

For the first time since they first started asking the question, back in 1993, the Pew survey team found that more Americans think it’s important to “protect the right of Americans to own guns” than to “control gun ownership.” At its peak in the late 90s the split was nearly 70/30 in favor of gun control, where the most recent survey has 52 percent of those surveyed prioritizing gun rights.

Now, that’s not an overwhelming majority either way, but it was more than enough to make our friend Mike Lupica throw a(nother) shit fit in his New York Daily News column. That would probably be close enough for wet work, as the old saying goes, considering Lupica would be demanding door-to-door confiscation of all civilian-owned weaponry if he had the stones to do so.

So the question remains. Where is this “overwhelming majority” of people for stronger gun laws? And why don’t these people speak up?

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3 Responses to “The things people know…”

  1. stainles Says:

    I’m trying to remember if I’ve made this point here previously, but I’m not sure: the “vast majority” game is the wrong one to play.

    “poll after poll shows the vast majority of citizens are opposed to same-sex marriage”

    “poll after poll shows the vast majority of citizens are opposed to equal rights for minorities”

    “poll after poll shows the vast majority of citizens are opposed to giving women the right to vote”

    Civil rights are not, and never have been, subject to popular vote. We shouldn’t concede this point by arguing over what the “vast majority” does or does not want.

    (By the way, if I don’t talk to you between now and then, I hope you have the best holiday you possibly can.)

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Civil rights are not, and never have been, subject to popular vote. We shouldn’t concede this point by arguing over what the “vast majority” does or does not want.

      Oh, I absolutely agree. I think I’ve made the point myself here as well a few times. I just thought it was worth pointing out.

      Christmas was pretty good. More gifts coming today. 😀

      • stainles Says:

        “More gifts coming today.”

        As all people of goodwill know, December 25th is just the first day of the Christmas season, which runs through the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th). That’s why they call it the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

        So it is perfectly appropriate to give and get gifts through this period, without feeling bad. 🙂

        It is also perfectly appropriate to leave your Christmas decorations up through the 6th.

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