The common cry of the gun control advocate is that “most Americans support stricter gun control.” But as a CNN poll released today shows that just isn’t the case. In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting the opinion polls spiked to 58% in favor of more gun control, but in the following months the numbers rapidly dropped and have continued to plummet. By April, it was down to 53% in favor. And now, according to CNN, the figure is 49%. And when you drill down a bit into the numbers, things look even better . . .
31% of those asked responded that they strongly support more gun control. 32% respond that they strongly oppose more gun control. Those in the middle are relatively evenly split on the issue, and 1% didn’t offer an opinion. So, in reality, only 31% of Americans really want to see more gun control. Then there are a few that would like to see it, but are rather indifferent. And then 50% of the population doesn’t want to see any more gun control.
Increased gun control is not “common sense.” The gun control advocates like to parrot that old line, but in reality they’re the minority in the United States. Common sense is that guns don’t cause crime — criminals cause crime. And making laws that restrict the rights of Americans in the hopes that criminals will stop being evil is not logical.
What we’re seeing is the triumph of logic over emotion, and it looks like gun rights is something that the American people consider “common sense.”