The headlines coming out of a national poll of mayors and their views of gun control are certainly eye-popping.
Here, for example, is how the Daily News framed the findings
Almost 90% of mayors in survey want Congress to pass stricter gun laws
It’s a staggering number to be sure, but the results hold even more surprises.
Only 11% of those polled said they thought Congress was doing enough on gun control.
Another 93% said they do not support so-called “open-carry” measures, which make it legal for qualified citizens to openly carry a firearm in public, with only 7% saying they did.
And 93% also said that teachers and principals should not be armed to help stop school shootings.
Politico, which conducted the study, attests to the impartiality of the survey by asserting that the mayors queried represent communities that have a wide range of political beliefs. That may well be true, but what they conveniently omit is the fact that the city leaders themselves hew to the same viewpoint on guns, mainly because they all Democrats:
- Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. – Democrat
- Houston Mayor Annise Parker – Democrat
- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman – Democrat
- San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee – Democrat
- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – Democrat
- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett – Democrat
- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu – Democrat
To give the report a false patina of respectability, a lone Republican, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Jr., was cited for his opposition to an anti-Second amendment gun grab from Congress or the president.
In fairness to the Daily News and Politico, the Daily News article notes that the study is “unscientific,” though author Adam Edelman doesn’t get around to mentioning that rather important detail until paragraph six.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession