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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.”

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  1. I am so sick of the phrase “common sense”. It’s touted by the liberal elite and it’s used as an insult.

    • Whenever I skim over an article (not here, but CNN etc.) and my eye catches “common-sense”, my BS detector goes off and I generally stop reading.

      That and “open conversation” or something along those lines.

    • Or “gun issue”. There is no issue about guns. There are just people who want them gone and create problems and conflict where none exist or should exist. Who wants to continue the “discussion”? Not me. Folks that don’t have what they want do. If pointless gun laws being removed were proposed, then sure my attention can be had briefly.

    • First retort when responding to a gun-control lobbyists (see what I did there with lobbyist?) is to say “it isn’t common sense, it’s crazy sense!)

  2. Yeah, 49% is too high, especially in urban areas. We need to knock it down to 35%. People need to understand that its the drug war not guns that are responsible for much of the homicide. Moreover, if we are going to legalize drugs, and I think we are, you are going to want to carry a weapon to fend off the addicts. Not only that, liberals who hate stop and frisk don’t seem to fathom that if carry is legal, merely having a weapon is not probable cause to stop someone.

    • Drug addicts exist right now, even though drugs aren’t legal. The crime that comes from drugs being controlled by criminal elements on the black market is far more threatening than the dude with the braided hair and the the tie-die shirt who wants some marijuana.

      If we legalize it, we gain some control over it. If we keep it illegal, we won’t have any control over it.
      I personally have no use for drugs, but in the real world, legalization is the most pragmatic solution.

        • Legalization seems to have had an all around positive effect in Portugal, of course I haven’t researched it in detail, and of course we have the example of the Netherlands who legalized everything (I think) and then re-criminalized much of the heavier drugs.

          It could work. It seems to be working in at least one place. Though I doubt the mechanics of it are exactly what many pro-legalization folks claim. In the end ingesting a substance is something someone does to themselves and I see no need for a prohibition on principle. If legalization works then YAY! If not, I’m sure there’s some other solution.

        • Not all of them will, but you do push some of the less hardcore criminals out of the market because they can’t compete for the limited criminal enterprise options that will be left. If whatever black market trade is left to the average dealer on the corner or the hardcore smuggler who is willing to decapitate people who get in their way, the dealer on the corner might decide that because he now has to compete with complete psychopaths in an even more limited market where there was room for both of them before, it just isn’t worth it anymore.

        • Legalizing it would drop violent crime. If its cheap and you can buy it from the corner store, drug dealers can’t make money importing it from Central America or whatever. No drug dealers, no financially viable gangs. No gangs, no turf wars. No turf wars, kids can walk to school without being shot by human cockroaches. Root causes here people. Kill the profits, kill the violence. By that point we’d just be down to crack head thief crime, which while horrible is at least not organized into color coded hit squads.

        • I’m for drug decriminalization, but I don’t think anyone seriously believes that a criminal is simply going to give up his profession when drugs are legal.

          Some crime will go away – post prohibition thugs don’t shoot people in streets for booze any longer.

          Now they shoot each other for selling drugs.

          If the drugs become legal, some criminals will be out of work, but most will end up doing something else (pimping, human trafficking…etc).

      • Looking at the legalization of Pot in WA, I dont think it will solve anything because “Legal” pot will be so expensive and taxed, the “Illegal” pot will be economically competitive with the legal stuff. This will enourage the present criminal infrastructure to stay in the biz.

        And then there are the societal problems inherent when morons are high on legal pot….

        Hope I am wrong but i dont see anything good coming out of this trend.

        • we already have all those social problems. What you think people are not driving around stoned? Every high school kid can get as much pot as they can buy. The fact that its illegal makes it more interesting.

          We have all those problems now PLUS the problems of an organized crime. The price will come down once the feds legalize manufacture and distribution. like alcohol.

        • Pot also seems to be a different beast than the much ‘harder’ narcotics like meth or cocaine or heroine.

  3. As people learn more and more about the Obama regime, support for gun control will drop more and more.

    Even the low intelligence information voters are finally getting the message that their government cannot be trusted. Not now. Not ever.

  4. Our idea of “common sense” differs very wildly from their’s.

    There are some things I’d support. For instance, I’d love it if a private individual could run a background check on the guy who wants to buy his old single shot .22 at the yard sale with no records kept by the government. Just the seller and the potential buyer… the seller runs the check himself and if the buyer doesn’t pass, he keeps a gun out of the hands of a criminal and the sale doesn’t take place.
    Of course, this would keep control in the hands of private citizens instead of runaway bureaucracy… and we can’t have that.

    • Give this man a cigar. It would be easy to open the NICS system to private (non-FFL) users. In fact, it was designed to be available to all. But NICS is not now nor has it ever been about background checks. It’s all about the precious Form 4473.

  5. I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s time for common sense reform to free speech. Vaginal knitting? I know it’s right there on YouTube but nobody wants to see that shit.

  6. Since the media makes it seem like you can just order whatever guns you want and have them fed-exed to your front door, I can see how about 50% of people think we need stricter control.

    • Seriously. I cant tell you how many people i talk to think this is the case. I can guarantee a large majority of people want more gun control to close this completely false “loophole”

  7. What model Ar-15 is that? I looked on Black Rain Ordnance’s website but did not see something quite like it.

    • There was an article about it a few weeks ago on this site. Just dig back through the history a bit

  8. I haven’t been able to follow the rest of the thread since I came across the term “vaginal knitting.” The mind just reels.

  9. What is that bar thing in between the fire selector and mag release? I’d goggle it, but honestly, I have no idea what to search for.

  10. Phone rings:
    Sir do you own guns?
    Nope. Lost mine in a boating accident.

    If you owned guns again would you like stricter gun control laws?

    Maybe there’s more of us than we think.

    • that’s a great script to follow; I am going to keep it by my phone…even though anti-gun people never call to ask me anything.

  11. If “most folks” approved of quartering of troops in the homes of citizens would that change the bill of rights?

    • And if “most folks” approved of the NSA rooting through all of your electronic communications without a warrant, would that make it OK to get rid of the 4th Amendment?

      The whole purpose of a written Constitution and Bill of Rights was to prevent the tyranny of the majority. Let us not forget that in 1850, the majority of the people would have approved slavery – for the blacks, of course, not for themselves.

  12. Maybe this indicates the American People are starting to see the Current POTUS, his Cabinet and Congressional stooges for what they really are.

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