According to a new poll released by MorningConsult.com a whopping 79 percent of registered voters support banning bump fire stocks. The majority — 69 percent — strongly support the measure.
In the wake of any highly publicized shooting, public sentiment invariably swings in favor of additional regulation. The clearest example: the furor following the Sandy Hook school shooting. Support for gun control jumped 14 percentage points over the previous year’s level. However, spikes like that are typically transient and fade within a few weeks, returning to roughly the same levels as before the incident.
In this case it seems that a majority of Americans of all demographic groups support more regulation or an outright ban. Sixty-four percent of people who have a gun in their household, 85 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans . . . just about every group surveyed seems to be on board.
The poll was conducted online; we can’t be sure the interviewees were a proper random sample of Americans. The poll’s accuracy remains an open question until we see results from other reputable sources. But it looks like Second Amendment absolutists are fighting an uphill battle.