Attendees look over a pistol display at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Friday, April 25, 2014 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Americans and guns are like peanut butter and jelly. While you’ve got a very loud group of people talking about how much they despise guns and the Second Amendment, most of us like our firearms right where they are. The proof of this is constantly demonstrated by how people vote and the fact that gun control is a consistently losing argument for the left.
Just to make sure it’s understood that Americans like their right to a firearm, a new poll has shown that despite all the virtue signaling and soapbox standing by the left after the media circus around mass shootings, the desire for gun control is actually going down.
As Stephen Gutowski at The Washington Free Beacon notes, multiple polls are showing that Americans are rejecting gun control:
Polls from Quinnipiac University and an ABC News/Washington Post partnership asked about the gun control debate in America and specific gun control proposals. Both polls showed a general downward trend in support for new gun control measures even in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
Neither poll found heightened enthusiasm for any gun control proposal compared to years past. Instead, they found support for gun control policies either relatively stable or declining, if still substantial.
The September 5 ABC/Washington Post poll found support for “a nationwide ban on the sale” of undefined “assault weapons” fell 6 points from last April. It now sits at 56 percent support, up 9 points from its low in 2015 but a full 24 points down from its high point in 1994, when the federal assault weapons ban went into effect. The August 29 Quinnipiac University poll had similar results on an identically worded question with support dropping 3 points to 60 percent since May 22, 2019, and down 7 points from its highest level on February 20, 2018.
Gutowski goes on to say that while some measures, like expanded background checks, still enjoy majority approval in the polls, it’s still not something people vote in favor for. In fact, when it comes to the ballot box, people tend to vote in the opposite direction.
This might be because the measures that are proposed to increase background checks or other laws that would make it more complicated to get a gun are ill-defined in these polls. In general terms, it would be nice to have checks that would prevent a person who shouldn’t have a gun from being able to purchase one, but when it comes to the proposed implementation, people get cold feet as the actual proposed rules seem to overreach.
Personally, I would love a perfect system but would prefer an imperfect system that errs on the side of freedom than control in the absence of the aforementioned perfection.
Either way, be it the polls or the ballot box, the gun control crowd is losing ground.