Moderate, intelligent, reasoned people won the election over extremism yet we are losing the war for our Nation.
The money and threats the NRA will impose on our legislatiors will in the end trump public opinion.
And even then, public opinion is limp at best.
America. Soon to be an armed camp for the ‘shining light of liberty’.
The only problem….we are armed to ‘protect’ (kill) other Americans rather then any possible external threat.
Didn’t some founding Father say something about ‘enemies form within’?
‘While the issue of gun control remains divisive, there are clear areas of agreement when it comes to a number of gun policy proposals’.
‘Fully 85% of Americans favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, with comparable support from Republicans, Democrats and independents’.
‘Similarly, 80% support laws to prevent mentally ill people from purchasing guns, with broad support across party lines’.
‘But this bipartisan consensus breaks down when it comes to other proposals’.
‘Two-thirds of Americans (67%) favor creating a federal database to track gun sales, but there is a wide partisan divide between Democrats (84%) and Republicans (49%)’.
‘A smaller majority of the public (55%) favors a ban on assault-style weapons; Democrats (69%) also are far more likely than Republicans (44%) to support this’.
‘Similar partisan divides exist when it comes to banning high-capacity ammunition clips or the sale of ammunition online’.
‘By a two-to-one margin (64%-32%), most favor putting armed security guards and police in more schools’.
‘But when it comes to more teachers and school officials having guns, most are opposed (40% favor vs. 57% oppose)’.
‘The latter option is particularly divisive across party lines: 56% of Republicans would like to see more teachers and school officials armed, compared with just 23% of Democrats’.
‘The survey finds that 51% of Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 45% say it is more important to protect gun rights’.
‘There is a wide gap between those who prioritize gun rights and gun control when it comes to political involvement’.
‘Nearly a quarter (23%) of those who say gun rights should be the priority have contributed money to an organization that takes a position on gun policy, compared with just 5% of those who prioritize gun control’.
‘People who favor gun rights are also about twice as likely as gun control supporters to have contacted a public official about gun policy (15% vs. 8%)’.
‘Among nine policy options included in the survey, the largest partisan gap is over creating a federal database to track gun sales’.
‘Fully 84% of Democrats favor the creation of a federal gun sale database, compared with 68% of independents and 49% of Republicans’.
‘The differences are nearly as great over more teachers and school officials having guns in schools: 56% of Republicans, 42% of independents and just 23% of Democrats favor arming more teachers and school officials’.
‘There also are substantial partisan gaps over banning assault-style and semi-automatic weapons (25 points and 19 points respectively), and banning the online sale of ammunition and high capacity ammunition clips (20 points, 18 points)’.
‘However, two proposals draw overwhelming support from Republicans, Democrats and independents — making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks, and laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns’.
‘Majorities in each political group also favor putting armed security guards or police in more schools, though this proposal garners more support from Republicans (73% favor) than from Democrats (62%) or independents (59%)’.
From : http://www.people-press.org/2013/01/14/in-gun-control-debate-several-options-draw-majority-support/