If the snooty, nose-in-the-air Public Broadcasting Service thought its equally snooty, nose-in-the-air viewers would support draconian gun control measures, they were sadly mistaken.
PBS Newshour is running a poll in which it asks its viewers, “Would you support more restrictions on guns in your state?”
PBS gave a hint of how it expected participants to answer by providing actions taken by Connecticut after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It noted:
The new Connecticut law strengthened gun laws that were already on the books. The law:
- Made background checks universal for all gun and ammunition purchases
- Limited the ability of the mentally ill to purchase guns
- Outlawed more than 100 additional assault weapons, including the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used in the Sandy Hook shooting
- Banned large capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds
What’s your take? Would you support similar policies in your state? Take our poll and sound off in the comments below.
Participants could choose among these answers:
Yes. Increased regulations on firearms are necessary to prevent another tragedy like the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
No. Laws like this unnecessarily punish lawful gun owners and will do little to prevent mass shootings.
Unsure. It’s important to keep the weapons out of the wrong hands, but this may not be the solution.
Of the more than 110,000 people who have taken the poll so far, only slightly over four percent favor more restrictive gun control measures. Almost 95 percent want the laws (and their guns) left alone.
Here’s a screencap of the results:
One commenter wrote:
This is the most crystal clear example of the difference between the two camps. Gun rights folks use facts, logic, statistics, and common sense to make their arguments and draw their conclusions. Control freaks like Shannon Watts and Mother Jones don’t even care about the facts so long as it feels right — they are running solely on emotion and nothing else. That’s what makes them so dangerous: they have no moral compunction about running a complete lie so long as it supports their cause.
And there you have it. Click here if you’d like to take the poll and run the numbers up even further.