Poll - 91% of Americans support universal background checks for gun purchasesSubmitted by Blue Republic on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 01:27
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. "