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January 25, 2011
Dueling Polls on Gun Control - 3

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, CBS News and CNN/Opinion Research Corp. -- among other organizations -- conducted polls asking Americans about their views on gun control. The CBS poll results indicated "there is no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights." According to the CNN/ORC poll, 69 percent said they "have not changed their opinion" that more gun control is needed.
   
Then, on Jan. 18, Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced the results of a poll it commissioned which, essentially, confirmed the same results but, somehow, indicate that Americans want and need more gun control. The survey was conducted jointly by Momentum Analysis, a polling firm with Democratic clients, and American Viewpoint, a polling firm with Republican clients. The consensus is that "both gun owners and the general public support stronger measures to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and other potentially dangerous individuals."
   
Does anyone think it is a good idea to allow "criminals" and "dangerous individuals" to have firearms? Is anyone lobbying for this?
   
Of course not. But, according to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the NRA and Second Amendment advocates -- "gun nuts" like you -- are doing just that.
   
Here is MAIG's politically-motivated twist superimposed on the poll results: "Despite powerful lobbying against any new gun-control measures by groups like the National Rifle Association, a new poll shows that both gun owners and the general public support stronger measures to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and other potentially dangerous individuals."
   
This is an outright lie.
   
Yet, MAIG's biggest hypocrisy? Calling itself a "bipartisan" group.

For more on the polls, go to:
-- No Shift Toward Gun Control After Tucson Shootings
-- Americans Split on Stricter Gun Control Laws, Continuing a Longtime Trend
-- CBS News Poll
-- Gun owners support wider background checks: poll
-- Poll: Majority Of Americans, Including Gun Owners, Support Tougher Restrictions
-- Poll: Sixty-nine percent do not want Arizona gun laws to change after shooting
   
For more on reaction to the Tucson shootings, go to:
-- In light of shootings, find a compromise on gun control
-- EDITORIAL: Most gun laws produce misfires
-- Ban on high capacity magazines considered
-- Response to shooting: Looser gun laws?
-- In Wake of Shooting, Some "Conservatives" Call for Gun Control
-- The Barr Code: Knee-Jerk gun control reaches new low
-- Demonizing gun owners in Tucson
-- After Tragedy, Ariz. Lawmakers Eye More Gun Rights
-- Gun Controls Pokes Its Ugly Head Up Every Time A Senseless Killing Occurs
-- Ahead: Speech Codes, Gun Bans And Obstructionism
-- ARIZONA SHOOTINGS, SECOND AMENDMENT, AND AARON ZELMAN
-- Arizona Shootings and the Gun Debate: How Will the Public Respond?

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from Stevep wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Benjaminwc is on the right track. The attack is and will be in the back alley(s) or in areas that do not seem to be an attack.
Other areas of attack come from agencies and their decisions that will come in the form of economics. For example, EPA- lead restrictions, Endangered Species Act- Wolves are a prime example. they are decimating elk herds, less out of state hunters equates to less revenue for those states,etc. If we are not out hunting and engaging our young people in the outdoors, outdoor interests for the younger generation is going to wane....
We are severly affected by the ant hill mentality of the big cities that are driving these attacks/decisions and make us suffer the consequences. San Fransico,Portland, Seattle want wolves? They should have some in their backyard. I'll guarantee you that once a few poodles get eaten, a few people get bit and a few homeless start disappearing they might start getting a clue....

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from Bo wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I have yet to see a single anti-gun group use factual evidence to back up their ridiculous claims. They rue the fact that this country is not a democracy but a democratic republic. If this were a true democracy, it would be a simple thing to convince 50.1% of the voting population and overturn the Constitution, in their mind.
Unfortunately they have the help of the Lamestream media which pumps disinformation out into the airwaves much like a sewer line feeds it to the treatment plant.
The analogy was deliberate.
Only by being informed, and by responding in an articulate manner to the shrill screams of the gun grabbers can we prevail. I believe that we shall prevail as long as our country exists.

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from benjaminwc wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

What?! One whole day and not one post? Well I'll help ya out a little John. The 2nd Amedndment will never again be attacked head on (at least that's what I think). It will be attacked through back channels and side alleys. Attacks will come from legislation not related to the firearms industry. Vigilence has never been more important. And as far as the case of any rift in the gun community where traditional bolt actions should not mingle with those "black gun" shooters. From Benjamin Franklin: We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. And from the late Charleton Heston: From My Cold Dead Hands!

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from benjaminwc wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

What?! One whole day and not one post? Well I'll help ya out a little John. The 2nd Amedndment will never again be attacked head on (at least that's what I think). It will be attacked through back channels and side alleys. Attacks will come from legislation not related to the firearms industry. Vigilence has never been more important. And as far as the case of any rift in the gun community where traditional bolt actions should not mingle with those "black gun" shooters. From Benjamin Franklin: We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. And from the late Charleton Heston: From My Cold Dead Hands!

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from Bo wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

I have yet to see a single anti-gun group use factual evidence to back up their ridiculous claims. They rue the fact that this country is not a democracy but a democratic republic. If this were a true democracy, it would be a simple thing to convince 50.1% of the voting population and overturn the Constitution, in their mind.
Unfortunately they have the help of the Lamestream media which pumps disinformation out into the airwaves much like a sewer line feeds it to the treatment plant.
The analogy was deliberate.
Only by being informed, and by responding in an articulate manner to the shrill screams of the gun grabbers can we prevail. I believe that we shall prevail as long as our country exists.

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from Stevep wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

Benjaminwc is on the right track. The attack is and will be in the back alley(s) or in areas that do not seem to be an attack.
Other areas of attack come from agencies and their decisions that will come in the form of economics. For example, EPA- lead restrictions, Endangered Species Act- Wolves are a prime example. they are decimating elk herds, less out of state hunters equates to less revenue for those states,etc. If we are not out hunting and engaging our young people in the outdoors, outdoor interests for the younger generation is going to wane....
We are severly affected by the ant hill mentality of the big cities that are driving these attacks/decisions and make us suffer the consequences. San Fransico,Portland, Seattle want wolves? They should have some in their backyard. I'll guarantee you that once a few poodles get eaten, a few people get bit and a few homeless start disappearing they might start getting a clue....

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