I’m sure if White House spokesman Josh Earnest were asked about this poll, he’d say that it was a “tragic irony.” I mean, how dare people not be in favor of something so obviously common sense as an assault weapons ban? Especially, since we’ve had to deal with recent mass shootings here and in places like Paris. Criminals use assault weapons to kill a bunch of people, and Americans still aren’t in favor of banning them?
I think it means that the propaganda isn’t working like it used to. Breitbart reported:
A majority of Americans oppose an “assault weapons” ban for the first time in 20 years of New York Times’ polling on the topic.
According to NYU political scientist Patrick Egan, the opposition to such a ban is up 16 percentage points from the numbers seen in 2011. Moreover, support for an “assault weapons” ban is down 19 percent. On January 15-19, 2011 Americans polled at 63 percent in favor of a ban and 34 against. On December 4-8, 2015, American polled only 44 percent in favor of such a ban, with 50 percent polling in opposition.
The real swing in numbers can be seen by contrasting the latest figures with the first poll NYT took on the topic during January 2-3, 1995. At that time support for a ban was at 67 percent, while opposition to a ban was at 27 percent.
These numbers square with a post-San Bernardino Breitbart News report showing that AR-15 sales have been skyrocketing since the December 2 San Bernardino attack. The situation was best summed up by Lynchburg, Virginia’s Patrick McNamee, manager of L. Oppleman Pawn Shop. McNamee said AR-15s flew off the shelves after the San Bernardino attacks and the demand around the country was so great that when he called suppliers to have more ARs they said they were out.
On December 8–two days after President Obama renewed his call for an “assault weapons” ban–News Advance quoted McNamee saying, “When the best salesmen in America speaks, sales peak.”
People are also seeing the failures of gun control. Politicians like Barbara Boxer said recently that California has proven that gun control works. Now that was a tragically ironic statement, considering that the San Bernardino shooting had just happened. In the state of California. Obviously, the gun control laws didn’t stop those shooters.
Americans are seeing through these politicians and through these frivolous laws that only end up being followed by law-abiding citizens, often at the expense of their own lives. You can thank politicians like Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein for what happened in San Bernardino.