Dueling Polls on Gun Control

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.