[Ed. – Good points from Scott Rasmussen, and worth highlighting.]
The ongoing frustration stems from the fact that the debate is not really about guns. It’s about who you trust.
Those who would like to see guns strongly regulated or banned may think they are just seeking to lessen the potential harm or violence in society. But, they are also suggesting that only government officials or those authorized by the government can have a gun. For people to be comfortable with giving government a monopoly on deadly weapons requires a great deal of trust in government.
But, in 21 century America, that’s pretty hard to find. In fact, it’s been more than 45 years since a majority of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. And the distrust is growing decade-by-decade. Today only 20 percent trust the federal government most of the time. Only 4 percent “just about always” trust the feds.
It’s worth noting that the 45 years of growing distrust in the federal government has coincided with the growth of the Regulatory State.