What does the left love more, lying or gun control? It’s a difficult question to answer, but you can safely bet that anything combining the two is their real favorite. That brings us to a recent survey on gun control. Left-wing media is touting it as proof that Americans largely favor gun reform.
If you’ve seen the headlines, then you surely had your doubts. After all, how many people in your circle want more gun control?
So, what’s the catch? Sit tight. We’re going to review this survey and talk about general methodologies. You won’t be surprised to learn that it’s a big, steaming pile of bull from the left.
To have a fair discussion, we’re going to start with what the poll says. You might not like it, but that doesn’t matter. This is the presentation. The survey was conducted by the American Public Health Association. According to their data, Americans widely support 23 out of 24 gun control policies that were presented. The average support was close to 80 percent. Additionally, support for gun control was not very different between gun owners and non-gun owners questioned.
Among the gun control measures conveyed in the survey, three were clearly the most popular. Most Americans want universal background checks. Additionally, they support measures to improve reporting on mental health issues that might cause someone to fail a background check. Lastly, they all supported harsher qualification guidelines for concealed carry permits. This is the survey that the Washington Post and other major new outlets have been reporting. Now, we can discuss why it’s all nonsense.
Problems with the Research
We’ll get into some of the stuff, such as how questions are worded, in a moment. Before that is even worth discussing, we have to talk about the researchers who presented this malarkey. While they claim the study was done through Johns Hopkins, that’s a bit of a stretch. The study was actually conducted through the Bloomberg School of Public Health. While this school is affiliated with Johns Hopkins, it has been entirely funded by Michael Bloomberg.
Additionally, he supplied all of the cash for this particular study. In no uncertain terms, this was a case of a New York billionaire bribing “researchers” to present “data” that could make his political point.
It is pure, unfiltered propaganda. That’s why it departs so far from what every other study has shown. The American people are not in favor of more gun control. It’s so unpopular that it tends to be political suicide. In fact, let’s get into that.
Problems with Gun Control Research at Large
This notion probably already popped into your head, but it’s important to make the statement. Gun control surveys largely reflect how the question is worded and not the popularity of the actual policy in question. Universal background checks are the best example. Time and again, researchers have shown that Americans tend to support “universal background checks,” but largely disagree with laws that “require FBI checks for private sales to family members.” In practice, these two things are the same. The framing of the question is the cause for the difference.
Of course, that leaves us wondering what Americans really want in the end. Thankfully, there’s an extremely reliable polling source that paints a good picture: actual voting ballots. At the local, state and federal levels, voters have consistently stricken down additional gun control. Even in the most progressive regions of the country, extremely mild gun control changes can barely pass with a 51-percent majority. More often than that, the measures fail. The notion that 80 percent of Americans favor any kind of gun control is an outright lie at best.
So, where do we go from here? The left knows that the majority of Americans don’t want more gun control. They also know that their politicians will all lose if they campaign on gun control or gun confiscation. So, they’ve divined that their best tactic is to convince you, the average American, that you are alone.
If everyone assumes that the masses want gun control, you might be willing to concede ground to prevent a worse loss. They do this on everything. It’s how they won the war on homosexual marriage. Don’t fall for their tricks anymore. If Americans wanted gun control, we would have passed it when Obama had both halves of Congress.
~ American Gun News