Poll Shows Support For New Gun Control Laws Slipping


If you were wondering why President Obama and Democrats were in such a hurry to cram through new gun control laws, here’s your explanation:

The poll’s Wednesday release comes a few hours after the president proposed background checks on all gun sales and bans on military style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as part of a package of steps to reduce gun violence in the wake last month’s massacre, where a suicidal gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

According to the survey, 56% support a ban on semi-automatic guns, but that’s down from 62% in a CNN poll taken in the days after the shooting at Sandy Hook. The same is true for a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips – 62% in December, down to 58% now – as well as a requirement for all gun owners to register their firearms with the local government – 78% last month, down to 69% now.

The “never let a good crisis go to waste” approach to policy making only works as long as the public perceives that there is a crisis. As we move on from the emotion and sadness over what happened in Sandy Hook, the perception that we have some sort of a gun violence crisis is fading. Especially in light of facts about declining violence in America in general.

Which is no doubt why President Obama surrounded himself with children during yesterday’s press conference. That was was about reigniting emotions, manufacturing the feeling of crisis, and hopefully support for new and restrictive regulations of gun ownership.

Meanwhile, is anyone asking if these new policy proposals will actually work to start the short of mass shootings that inspired them? Where’s the proof that these things work?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • yy4u2

    Proof that the laws work? They don’t even check on the entitlement society to see if they physically could work much less some leftist feel good legislation. More govt. More problems.

    • $8194357

      False morality smokescreen used to advance statist tyrany ideologies.


      But if we could even save one child,
      it is worth giving up your Constitutional rights?

      History proves this a lie………..

      For the sake of the children thru history..
      Wrapping itself in “false moral cause” evil decieves.

      Funny how lucifer has had these folks doing the same
      thing thru out history.huh.

      Read and learn grasshoppers?

      Other Tyrants Who Have Used Children As Props

      January 16, 2013

      Obama’s shameless exploitation of children as set pieces is hardly new or original. In fact, tyrants and dictators have used kids as props down through the ages.
      Here are a few more recent examples:

  • $8194357

    History repeating itself thanks to blind lemming indoctrinated useful idiots..

    “This is our first task as a society—keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change. I will put everything I’ve got into this…but the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”

    “To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act, and Congress must act soon.”

    Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/9012/president-barack-obama-just-declared-civil-war-against-the-american-people/#ixzz2IGQywo99

    “The state must declare the child to be the most
    precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived
    as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily
    endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

    –Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler
    [Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403]

  • Zog

    It’s interesting that 69% of those polled in the “land of the free” believe that firearms registration is a good idea. Here in Canada, registration was intoduced in response to a particularly nasty mass murder (14 female engineering students separated from their male classmates by the shooter). With no discernable results beyond the annoyance of gun owners and the waste of hundreds of millions of dollars by the bureaucracy, the 17 year unsuccessfull experiment of registering rifles and shotguns was scrapped last year, and the gummint claims that the records have been destroyed. A public majority approved.
    We still have compulsory licencing supported by a public majority, and permits to carry handguns are almost impossible to obtain but, at least we’re slowly moving in the right direction. Please don’t set a bad example by initiating the sort of laws that Canadian gun owners are trying to get rid of.

  • Bullseye1911

    For the love of Pete! You anti gunners should educate yourself on terminology at least. Lesson #1. A magazine contains the cartridges not a “clip.” Maybe you think a quarterback sucks when he’s not getting enough home runs too.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      quit talking about hockey, you will just confuse them

    • noblindersonme

      For the love of our country ! maybe we should take a deep breath and cut the rhetorical nonsense about the nuances of what is clip or what isn’t . Just cut the smart ass witticisms . Is the 21st century defintion of a ‘clip’ that damn important when we can’t even agree on what the original 2nd amendment actually means!


      Well regulated !! Bullseye. WHY FOR THE LOVE OF COUNTRY is that phrase not terminology we should be ‘educating ourselves ‘ . WELL REGULATED – THAT is in the constitution !! words like ‘clips’ ,AK-47s , machine guns etc are not.

      Maybe you think we had quarterbacks and baseball back when the constitution was written!!! We didn’t asshat !
      The writers in 1776 were wise enough to realize our country would be a different place in 200 years and we could maybe use some wisdom to define what ‘well regulated ‘ means in 2013 !!!
      Am I so crazy to beleive that the original authors meant that a well regulated milita meant they wanted our country to have the ability to defend itself from foriegn invasions and that they wanted a ‘well regulated’ citizenry to be part of that??? And I am I so crazy to beleive that when nuclear weapons , and that seems to fall under the category of ‘arms’ , became available it rendered the need to protect ourselves moot as muskets were not the 20 th century defense anymore!
      We need to define what ‘well regulated’ means TODAY and live accordingly . Got that.
      If you think that is so damn radical or subversive , consider in 1776 a black man was worth 3/5 the value of a ‘real’ human, a women was too stupid to vote, we bathed about once a year and and took dumps in the river ,
      Of course we would not want to bring our constitution into the 21st century ,would we!!!

  • noblindersonme

    “.the left runs to surround themselves with children to not let a good crisis go to waste yadda yadda . it it about reigniting emotions yadda yadda .manufacturing the feeling of crisis “yadda yadda

    Have I got that right? I must have cuz I quoted port verbatim

    Well I can rant and screech as easily as the idiot who writes that stuff because it appears the right runs to surrounds themselves with their guns as a first impulse , reigniting emotions , manufacturing a feeling of crisis yaddda yadda yadda

    hasn’t that been the well trodden path the right always runs down , THAT is the door they go through first whenever ANOTHER mass shooting stains the ground of this nation? Coveting and protection of their GUNS has been EMOTION #1.

    Does that piss you off?

    Rushing to protect their guns first and finding disgust with the left who come to protect the children first!

    does that rankle you? well then why in the hell do you make the counter claims!!!

    My rant is not really that far out of bounds because the right has shown an overabundance of zealous fear over the loss of their guns vs the loss of our nation’s children. Prove I am wrong by showing in the archive here that the vast majority of those who have ranted here have NOT put their guns first as a loved possession.

    Now that I made you all pissed off I will expect you all NEVER EVER EVER to use children . or the FLAG or our nations troops overseas , or ANY emotional image to ‘reignite emotions ‘ or to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste ‘ by exploitation of these emotional images !!!
    yeah PORT HAS NEVER gone down that road!!!!
    HEY IDIOTS when the tea party was in full blown, sign carrying, hyperbolic protest about the economic armegedden that Obama was leading us to in 2009 , THEY USED CHILREN AS A PROP TO SURROUND THEMSELVES WITH!!!

    “”Obama was going to ruin our children’s future yadda yadda ‘ the teapartiers couldn’t exploit that image of using those innocent children as a ‘tool’ fast enough!!!
    My child was one of those ‘victims that the Hennenites ‘ used to exploit their cause so they could ‘reignite emotions’ ! Why was that oK PORT???
    or maybe the best answer is that it is never right and we should step back , let cool heads prevail and ‘debate’ this as mature individuals ?
    when pigs fly -right port! Your blog aint about that is it?