Gallup: Public support for stricter gun laws drops 11 points in less than two years

posted at 11:21 am on October 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

Emblematic of Obama’s entire second term, really. After the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012, he made gun control his top policy priority to start his second term. Public support for action spiked in the emotional aftermath of the murders; the White House, mindful of Rahm Emanuel’s advice to never let a crisis go to waste, demanded that Congress act quickly to address gun violence, knowing that public opinion would soon revert to the pre-Newtown status quo as that emotion faded. Republicans stood firm for Second Amendment rights, though, arguing — correctly — that nothing proposed by Democrats would reduce mass shootings, which, contrary to popular belief, haven’t become more common over time. (Gun violence more broadly has declined sharply over the past 20 years.) After the Toomey/Manchin bill failed in the Senate, Obama gave up and moved on to other priorities, with Democrats vowing that the GOP would pay a price for their opposition at the polls in 2014.

So here we are, a few days away from the 2014 midterms, and Republicans are poised to retake the Senate.

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As you can see, support for stricter gun laws is still a bit higher today than it was in the first few years of Obama’s presidency — but a bit lower than it was during Bush’s presidency. I assume that’s because fencesitters on gun rights worried that the new Democratic president might turn out to be a gun-grabber and thus they reflexively tilted away from that position. Then, after Sandy Hook, they tilted dramatically the other way. And now, slowly but surely they’re tilting back again to the status quo circa 2008. Note too that support for making gun laws less strict is now the highest it’s been in 15 years, higher even than in the anxious days after 9/11. Long way to go before it’s competitive with the “more strict” and “keep as they are” factions, but the trend is what it is.

One more data set:

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Every demographic shows a fall-off since Sandy Hook but the most interesting is women, who’ve gone from nearly 70 percent support for stricter gun laws to a modest majority. Why is that? The easy explanation is that a mass shooting of young children will bring out a “do something, anything” reaction in mothers in a way that a mass shooting of adults won’t, but fathers were horrified by Sandy Hook too and the spike in their support for new laws after that shooting was only half what women’s was.

As for public opposition to a total ban on handguns (except for the government), that’s steady as she goes. After Sandy Hook, it soared to a record high of 74 percent on fears that Democrats might be aggressive in their policy push. Today? 73 percent. That battle is lost for liberals for now and probably for decades to come, at least.


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Ebb and flow of news today — just wait until tomorrow – everything changes

jake-the-goose on October 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

nonpartisan hardest hit.

HumpBot Salvation on October 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Morning joe hardest hit

cmsinaz on October 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The comparison of “conservatives” to Republicans is interesting to me. A slightly higher percentage of “conservatives” are in favor of stricter gun control laws than are Republicans.

Syzygy on October 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

What this proves is that Americans, for the most part, are not uninformed when it comes to Democrats and guns. They know the Democrats are gun-grabbers and typically exploit deadly tragedies in order to suit their political agendas.

Aizen on October 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Skeet guns only for private citizens because from what I understand, skeet shotguns aren’t designed to kill.

Bishop on October 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

obama ate the carrion and choked on it.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The comparison of “conservatives” to Republicans is interesting to me. A slightly higher percentage of “conservatives” are in favor of stricter gun control laws than are Republicans. Syzygy on October 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Link please.

Akzed on October 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Link please.

Akzed on October 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM

It’s in the article above.

Syzygy on October 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

The comparison of “conservatives” to Republicans is interesting to me. A slightly higher percentage of “conservatives” are in favor of stricter gun control laws than are Republicans. Syzygy on October 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I think we can safely attribute that 3% to a “I’ve got mine, suckers” attitude.

nobar on October 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

That 47% still favor stricter gun control shows that there are still too many people who don’t know anything about guns and don’t know what laws we already have – and would rather be defenseless and let the cops show up after the crime and draw their chalk outline.

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

My personal fave…”Gun Control = Using TWO Hands”

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Skeet guns only for private citizens because from what I understand, skeet shotguns aren’t designed to kill.

Bishop on October 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

And all women must submit to 10 rapings before they can apply for a permit to use deadly force.

NotCoach on October 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

My personal fave…”Gun Control = Using TWO Hands”

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Although – you may not have time hold it with 2 hands and use the sights – which is why I spent more time last weekend at the range practicing one handed, both right and left, and practicing shooting more or less “from the hip” to try to get a better “feel” for it without using the sights – with one of my semi-autos and my revolver.

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The silly thing is the wording “stricter gun laws” can mean fewer ordinary citizens should be allowed to buy guns (the leftist interpretation)
OR
that criminals buying, owning or using guns should be subject to harsher penalties (a more conservative interpretation).

If you can’t clarify the question, you’ll receive muddled answers.

If you frame the question “do you think it should be easier or harder for a law-abiding citizen to purchase a gun?” and “do you think strict gun laws keep guns out of the hands of criminals?” I wonder what the breakdown would be.

Dolce Far Niente on October 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Leading from behind.

Alopen on October 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

And all women must submit to 10 rapings before they can apply for a permit to use deadly force.

NotCoach on October 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Well yah – cuz, like, they need the practice for being able to pee and barf at will – cuz those are the best defenses for wymynzes….
If you don’t believe me, just ask any Dem – they’ll tell you.

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Theme from S.W.A.T.

^ Also a vector on the lil particle.

Axe on October 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Skeet guns only for private citizens because from what I understand, skeet shotguns aren’t designed to kill.

Bishop on October 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Maybe this would have been a better photo at the top.

Drained Brain on October 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

And all women must submit to 10 rapings before they can apply for a permit to use deadly force.

NotCoach on October 31, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Well yah – cuz, like, they need the practice for being able to pee and barf at will – cuz those are the best defenses for wymynzes….
If you don’t believe me, just ask any Dem – they’ll tell you.

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM

dems really are stupid.

VegasRick on October 31, 2014 at 11:55 AM

That battle is lost for liberals for now and probably for decades to come, at least.

The illiberals never give up. I wouldn’t be surprised they try to push something through in the lame duck session. If it’s not amnesty it’ll be gun control, if not gun control, another debt ceiling hike. Why? Because in the eyes of some you can never be too rich, too good looking, or too far left.

Fenris on October 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

that criminals buying, owning or using guns should be subject to harsher penalties (a more conservative interpretation).
Dolce Far Niente on October 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM

You got it – I’m fully in favor of stricter laws that say if you point a gun at a cop, or try to take a cop’s gun, or use a gun in a robbery or home invasion/burglary – you are to be shot on the spot be any armed law-abiding citizen in the vicinity.

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Leftist: We need gun control!

Uh, we have tons of gun control laws. If gun control laws worked the way you claim they do then Chicago would be a free of gun violence.

Leftist: That’s just because of neighboring states!

So, you must support closing the southern border so gangs don’t just get their guns the same way they do their drugs right?

Leftist: You hate brown people! And children!

gwelf on October 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

It’s in the article above. Syzygy on October 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Doh!

Akzed on October 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

GROUNDBREAKING!:

Regular exercise, sensible eating, maintaining a healthy weight, ­minimal alcohol consumption and no smoking are the simple steps that guarantee longevity.

Ground-breaking research conducted over 35 years found those who make subtle lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of developing killer conditions by up to 70 per cent. Cases of cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and dementia were slashed in those who seized control of their health.

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/529633/5-simple-lifestyle-rules-that-add-years-to-your-life

davidk on October 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Although – you may not have time hold it with 2 hands and use the sights – which is why I spent more time last weekend at the range practicing one handed, both right and left, and practicing shooting more or less “from the hip” to try to get a better “feel” for it without using the sights – with one of my semi-autos and my revolver.

Good on you dentarthurdent – Armed folks should practice and know how to shoot one handed and off hand. Defensive and Situational Awareness instruction would tell you that you will never know what the situation calls for, and being prepared is the best course of action. Keep it up. I practice the same things.

PermanentWaves on October 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

It was in the image, not the text.

Akzed on October 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Once again this proves to me that leftists are not reality based and driven purely by emotions. Not a good combination for rational thought and actions. Moreover i would say that the left is the left because they reside on the left side of the IQ bell curve.

jukin3 on October 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

PermanentWaves on October 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM

And, if you wear glasses, try doing some practice rounds without them. They’d probably get knocked off in an attack.

Solaratov on October 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

GROUNDBREAKING!:

Regular exercise, sensible eating, maintaining a healthy weight, ­minimal alcohol consumption and no smoking are the simple steps that guarantee longevity…

davidk on October 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Just be happy that study wasn’t done in the US. We would be informed to get rid of guns and turn vegan.

Fenris on October 31, 2014 at 12:29 PM

REID TRIES ‘BEGGING’…
One Million Senate Ads — And Counting…
NYT: 70% REPUBLICANS TAKE…
WASH POST: 90% CHANCE…

EARLY VOTING: REPUBLICANS HAVE 10% LEAD

http://www.drudgereport.com

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I remain amazed that the same people who can find the right to abortion, gay marriage and Obamacare in the Constitution can’t find the right to have a gun in the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

deepdiver on October 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

What Joni Ernst said. Either way it was taken, we know it is true.

Kissmygrits on October 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Wanna win some elections? Put NRA in charge of RNC.

petefrt on October 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I remain amazed that the same people who can find the right to abortion, gay marriage and Obamacare in the Constitution can’t find the right to have a gun in the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

deepdiver on October 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Libtards think that just means you can wear short-sleeved shirts…

dentarthurdent on October 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

My personal fave…”Gun Control = Using TWO Hands”

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Mine is “I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy”.

sage0925 on October 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM