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Poll - 91% of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases

Quinnipiac's polling is questionable - but basically the gun grabbers are
*owning* this debate because they are being allowed to conduct it
entirely on their own terms.

They are framing the debate in terms of "gun safety" and "keeping guns out of
the hands of criminals". They are managing to avoid any discussion about
who they define as criminals and any mention of the civil liberties issues

And we are letting them get away with it by default.

Even the GOA appears to be in a strictly defensive mode when we
need to be counterattacking against the hypocrisy and disinformation.
IMO - focus on the definition of "prohibited persons" - the 40-50 MILLION Americans
legally without *any* 2nd Amendment rights - and seize the initiative.

Which would require people taking action. Which I'm beginning to think makes
it kind of a nonstarter around here..

From the Yahoo article:

"Despite concerns about how information on gun owners might be used, 91 percent of registered voters support universal background checks, according to a new poll released on Thursday.
Only 8 percent of voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute March 26 to April 1 stated opposition to universal background checks—something the White House, many Democrats in Congress and and gun-violence opponents are pushing in the wake of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In households with guns, 88 percent of respondents expressed support for checks.
Many lawmakers and administration officials have used polling indicating strong support for universal background checks to urge the closure of background-check loopholes for gun show sales and elsewhere.
The support for such checks comes despite concerns about how that information could be applied. Forty-eight percent of voters surveyed said they believe information will be used by the government in the future to confiscate legally owned guns. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they don't believe it will be used in that manner. "

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Polls tell us what to think, not what we think.

Now we are supposed to believe that 91% are for shredding the Constitution. Yawn,

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They have a crazy notion that government programs work well.

Never have, never will. Like the perverts gate raping passengers. The TSA accomplishes nothing to benefit anyone.

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Here's my response to all those 90% articles.

Here's a real poll from 15,000 from law enforcement professionals.


86 percent feel the currently proposed legislation would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety

Similarly, 92 percent feel that banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime

Demonstrating the opinion that the best way to combat gun crime is through harsher punishment, 91 percent said the use of a firearm while perpetrating a crime should lead to a stiff, mandatory sentence with no plea bargains. Likewise, 59 percent believe increasing punishment severity for unlicensed dealers would reduce crime

Respondents were more split on background checks, with 31 percent agreeing that mental health background checks in all gun sales would help reduce mass shootings, while 45 percent disagreed

71 percent support law enforcement leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions

82 percent believe gun buyback or turn-in programs are ineffective in reducing the level of gun violence

91 percent support the concealed carry of firearms by civilians who have not been convicted of a felony and/or have not been deemed psychologically incapable

Likewise, 80 percent feel that legally-armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents

38 percent believe the biggest cause of gun violence in the United States is the “decline in parenting and family values”. This was trailed by “overly lax parole and short sentencing standards” at 15 percent and “pop culture influence” (eg. violent movies and video games) at 14 percent

Liberty is risky. Government is the deadliest thing we do.

We can't stop psychopaths by definition.

We can stop or starve government, in theory.

When governments go psychopathic, it's double jeopardy.

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Fun Fact

I am disappointed with 91% of Americans.

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Polls Are Always Skewed Towards Some Political Agenda

Here is the source (see: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institu... ).

This New York university is known for its liberal progressive bias. 1,711 registered voters gave their opinion on various national issues. The title itself is typical propaganda for political polls and attempts to portray the consciousness of the majority of the American people. What a laugh.

Someone tell me why background checks are bad?

I just want to learn why and I'll understand. I think it's 91% because people may not understand. It's like that one poll about drone strikes before and after Rand's filibuster.

Because if you need permission, it isn't a right, it's a


Requiring a license converts a right to a privilege. This the SCOTUS has ruled, no legislature can do. (they still do it anyway)

Requiring a background check is simply a less messy way of "licensing" gun owners. It is a de facto "permission" system.

I'm really surprised they haven't been challenged on these grounds yet, or if they have, why the matter hasn't been pursued until victory. That probably has something to do with the concept of "compelling state interest" which honestly is an equine excrement phrase judges and government lawyers use to justify trampling liberty.

The "state" is the people. It is not the government. It is NEVER in the interests of ANY of the people to restrict their liberty in pretty much any area, especially not self-defense against criminals of any sort, including tyrants.

And I seriously suspect ANY poll that comes back with a 91% response, especially on something so controversial. I'd bet that if they didn't skew the sample intentionally, or mess with it afterwards, they just made the whole damned thing up from thin air.

Yes it's a right

You shouldn't need a concealed permit or any, but what do you do about violent felons?

If they have served their sentence in its entirety, then there

is nothing you can do any more than what you'd do with a criminal who's never been arrested yet or committed some subsequent injury.

You can't pre-emptively restrict liberties. There's no standard of due process that allows for that.

If you see fit to prohibit someone from being able to defend themselves, then you can't justify letting them out of prison, and are obligated to see to their safety for the rest of their lives.

More likely, the problem isn't an ex-con with a gun, it's an inmate getting out earlier than he should have and THEN getting a gun, even in violation of his parole or probation.

There's also a problem with locking people up in prison for non-violent offenses, especially statutory infractions like pot possession.

Doing so is effectively breeding more dangerous criminals.

I'd like to see a comparison of the numbers of uses of a gun in a crime after someone has gotten out of prison, separating those who served their full sentence, and those who didn't. (and then looking at separate sentence lenghts, and reasons for originally being convicted.)

I'd bet dimes to dollars, the problem isn't ex-cons in general, and it isn't as wide spread as people may think.

It doesn't matter if there is a law against them having a gun anyway, if they are criminals, no law is going to stop them.

Because the govt. may have

Because the govt. may have you arrested for marijuana possession if they decide that its not 'safe' to let you have a gun.

They may decide that your 'affiliations' make you a security risk.

Believe me when I say if there are background checks, soon, only powerful politicians and big businessmen will have the clearance to buy guns. They will ensure that anyone who holds an anti govt. agenda gets nowhere near a gun which would exclude almost the whole of DailyPaul from owning guns.

I wonder if criminals were included in this poll?

hmmm...let's see, I have a felony record...let me legally apply to own a gun.

Witness, The Tyranny of The Majority

Since our government has morphed into a democracy, where the majority rules and we no longer have a constitutional republic with a bill of rights, I guess this poll is somehow important. Now lets take a poll on who wants to eliminate all taxes, raise the minimum wage to $50.00 and give everyone who votes a new car.

hey, don't 91% include

speechless babies, infants, mentally retarded (I meant movement statists, no offense to those born neurologically challenged who are beloved by their loved ones)??


I would actually love to see an actual 'scientific' NON-PUSHPOLL that actually surveyed more than 100,000 people, let alone 310million Americans.

It still boggles the mind that any MSM these days can claim "90% of Americans agree with ______" without having even the dullest of the dull sheeple LMFAO out their F'ng chairs.

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"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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Quinnipiac's poll is not only questionable, they are a joke.

Their sampling group is composed of a bunch of Marxists, always have been.

I'm a 8 percent-er.

I realize Q-pac

is slimy - they had some of the worst polling in the 2012 election
cycle - and probably this one is way off. But whether they are way
off here is not really the point.

The problem is that a majority of people probably *do* support
universal background checks at the moment - mainly because
most of them don't really have a clue about what that actually
entails. And we are doing a poor job of framing the debate in
some way that would make it clear to more people what it
really involves and how it would affect them.

If we had the initiative, Diane Feinstein would be having to
explain why she thinks an elderly user of medical marijuana
threatened by thugs wanting to invade her home is a "criminal"
who should be denied the right to own a firearm, or sent to
federal prison for ten years if she were to happen to obtain one.

Instead, since we don't have the initiative, the debate is entirely
on DiFi/Obama/Schumer/Reid's terms - all about "gun safety"
and nothing about civil liberties and we are the ones having to
explain why we support the slaughter of innocent children and
assault weapons falling into the hands of criminals because we
won't support "reasonable" legislation...

We should be forcing *them* to explain why, even though they
claim to support the Second Amendment, that they are supporting
laws which say 40-50 million Americans have *no* Second
Amendment rights whatsoever.

If we were making a significant effort to do that and were failing
then at least we could say we tried. Problem is, I don't really see the
effort being made.


When I play this game on my phone called "Bubble Safari" this ad pops up saying 90% of americans support background checks...

My Review from Google Play:

Michael L** - April 4, 2013 - Version 1.165.0I love the game...
But this f***ing gun control ad keeps popping up and my screen goes black except for the ad, and won't go away! Stop blasting me with BS propaganda and let me play!

... I dunno why I astericked my name... starts with L and is 3 letters. Not like it would be hard to figure out... just ask a certain Senator from Utah, he might know...

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Polls tell us what to think not ask us what we think.

Governments kill 20 time more than mobs, gangs or the troubled.

Governments are 80% of the problem. We know where most of the bad apples are.

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I guess 91% of the people

trust the "government."

I doubt if it's that high

but it's pretty annoying to see a lot of the people who are for
legalizing marijuana are also pushing for gun control to
"keep guns away from criminals" - I think most of them are
oblivious to the fact that as far as the Feds are concerned
they ARE the "criminals".

Which I suppose would be humorous if it wasn't so pathetic
and dangerous.

Of course if we can't even communicate to people that they
are actively working to criminalize *themselves* then maybe
we are not that much less pathetic than they are.

It would be nice to have liberty minded folks engaging
the progressive types (in a positive way) at events like this:


We have momentum

on that slippery slope.

God help us.