Reader Steve Sacco has had some extra time on his hands lately:
While my real work is running in the background and I’m waiting for it to complete, I thought I’d play with Google Trends. Google Trends is a tool which allows you to see search activity over time for certain words and/or phrases. This is the first time I’ve used it. So, let’s ask The Google how much interest there is in “gun control.” According to the antis, this is a burning question being asked by everyone. According to Google, with the exception of a couple of spikes in 2013, I see a distinct downward trend in interest . . .
If I were a politician, I’d run away at flank speed on this topic, which seems to be of interest to few:
Then, I tossed in one of my all-time pet peeve words/phrases: “commonsense”. That word annoys me to no end in the same way “homeland” does, but that’s a different story. Anyway, once again, I would imagine that if the people are worried sick about finding “commonsense” solutions, they’d be searching around to see what others are saying about it.
Not surprisingly, and perhaps it’s no exaggeration to say that this is “commonsense”, the only people who seemed interested in “commonsense” are those who live in places like Washington, San Francisco and Boston. When we flip over to “gun control”, even those hotbeds of Mommy State-ism seem otherwise occupied:
[ SOURCE ] http://www.google.com/trends/explore#geo=US&q=commonsense,+gun+control&cmpt=q
Anyway, there’s doubtless more fun to be had with this, but I thought I’d pass it along.