Chart of the Day

This is why nothing will happenin the US about gun control…besides the point that it is impossible anyway:

Gun Control popularity

At the Huffington Post, Mark Blumenthal looks at what the polling says about gun control:

First, while support for stricter gun laws has declined in the polls across several measures, Americans remain roughly evenly divided on the issue. The Pew Research Center found about equal numbers of Americans preferring to protect “the right to own guns” (46 percent) and to “control gun ownership” (47 percent). A modest increase in the second category would be enough to create majority support for stricter gun laws.

Second, there is broader support among Americans for incremental changes to gun laws. Polls by CNN and YouGov earlier this year found overwhelming support for several specific gun control policies: background checks, bans on gun sales to those with mental health problems, waiting periods before gun purchases and a national registry of gun ownership.


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  • Sarrs

    I don’t like guns. It’s a personal thing.

    However, in a lot of cases gun control laws seem a lot like our anti-smacking law. In the same that it was always illegal to beat a child to death, it is, has been, and always will be illegal to shoot people or buy guns off some dodgy bloke in a dark alley. And in the same way that anti smacking legislation pretty much only punishes good parents who want to discipline their children, extreme gun control measures only punish those who are already not breaking the law.

    Hopefully some sense comes out of that little bit of rambling.

    • Spiker

      Sure it makes sense. Talk of gun control in the USA is a waste of time. The horse bolted a long time ago. There are millions apon millions, may as well try & ban fishing rods in NZ, you’d have about as much luck rounding them up.