“The latest Reason-Rupe national poll finds just 33 percent of Americans feel the ‘Senate should debate and vote on gun control legislation again,’ while 62 percent want the Senate to ‘move on to other issues.'” Surprise! “This data is surprising given earlier polls finding what appeared to be overwhelming support for expanding background check for firearm purchases. For instance, Gallup found that 83 percent of Americans favored a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases. The Washington Post/ABC poll found that 86 percent of Americans support a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online.” Wait. I’m getting a sense of this . . .
Most Americans wanted background check on all gun purchases because, well, why not? Except for those Americans who didn’t want “expanded background checks” because they believe (rightly) that registration lead to confiscations and what the hell does this have to do with the slaughter in Newtown?
When the Americans who wanted to see the Manchin-Toomey bill die a thousand deaths let it be known that they’d vote against anyone who vote for the bill—and how—all the R Senators and a few of the D’s wisely chose to keep their jobs and lose the bill.
When the Americans who wanted the bill passed—but not so much as to actually read it or make a big deal of it—saw the bill fail, they figured OK, that’s that. And whether the gun control folk like it or not, it is. For now. Got it pundits and apparatchiks? Apparently not . . .
Understandably the media punditry expected public outrage when the Senate voted down gun control legislation. However, a Pew Research Center poll found that 39 percent of Americans were relieved/very happy the “Senate vot[ed] down new gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases” while 47 percent were disappointed/angry. But then again, Gallup found that 65 percent thought the Senate “should have passed the measure to expand background checks for gun purchases.”
Perhaps this would be a good time to point out that this public opinion stuff is a moot point. America is a Constitutional republic not a democracy. If gun control advocates want to disarm Americans let them repeal the Second Amendment. Meanwhile, the Senate’s moving on to finding new ways to rape taxpayers and desecrate the Constitution. FWIW.